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Shelli Ryan Named Chairman of the Stride Center

OAKLAND, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/02/14 -- The Stride Center has selected Shelli Ryan, APR, PRSA Fellow, as its next Chairman. Currently chief executive officer of global technology consultancy, Ad Hoc Communication Resources, Ryan will assume her volunteer executive role in August 2014. She is the social enterprise's second female Chairman since its inception in 1999.

"We chose Shelli because of her fund development knowledge and technical expertise on our issues, as well as the organizational and leadership skills required to lead the Board of our dynamic social enterprise. Shelli shares our passion and commitment to create opportunities for our students in the San Francisco Bay area," said Oliver Parker, current chairman of The Stride Center and senior director of sales for Microsoft's Global High-Tech Manufacturing Group.

"Shelli's background in non-profit sustainability, big-picture approach, and her emphasis on mission-based leadership and strategic governance make her an exceptional fit for this role," said Barrie Hathaway, executive director of The Stride Center. "Her savvy diplomatic skills and her natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, facilitating and building consensus among diverse individuals will be instrumental for The Stride Center's next stage of growth."

"I am honored by the opportunity to expand my role on the board of such a vibrant and ambitious social venture, with such a clear and focused mission -- empower economic self-sufficiency for low-income and underserved individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area," said Ryan.

Ryan is a recognized leader with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. She has led project teams at Ad Hoc since 1996 overseeing all aspects of the firm's global expansion and operations, representing companies such as Nortel Networks, Xerox, Texas Instruments and Convergys. Prior to founding Ad Hoc in 1996, she worked for a worldwide electronic payments software company. A frequent author and speaker on business-to-business marketing, Shelli earned her Master's Degree from the University of Oklahoma, is a graduate of The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth WBENC Executive Program sponsored by IBM, and is a Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Ryan also serves as Chairman of the Board for Dress for Success Southern Nevada which serves disadvantaged women, and has held a dozen leadership roles for six non-profit organizations since 1992.

Ryan will join volunteer executives on the board from companies including, Comcast, Ascent Services Group, Microsoft, Chevron and Wells Fargo.

About The Stride Center

Founded in 1999, The Stride Center is a non-profit social venture working to empower economic self-sufficiency by providing quality technical education and work force relevant life and professional skills for low-income and underserved individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Stride Center has enrolled nearly 2000 low income adults in over 3000 courses. Nearly 80% of participants have completed courses and 70% of graduates have jobs. Through its social venture enterprises, Stride has created 178 jobs and internships for students and graduates.

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