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A Leader with Heart: Ryan Beck

Every month we shine a spotlight on an advocate in each state, and this month we'd like you to meet Ryan Beck. Ryan is one of the members of the first Leaders With Heart cohort and he works for the American Heart Association in Austin. 


Occupation: Administrative Associate to the Southwest Affiliate Mid-Markets

Hometown: Temple, Texas

Fun fact about you: I’m a state recognized swimmer.

Role model: Harvey Milk

Greatest achievement: Being accepted into the Master of Public Health & Epidemiology Program at the University of San Francisco.

Two celebrities or historical figures you would want to have dinner with (living or not) and why? 

  1. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - It’s Notorious RBG! She is an amazing, intelligent, influential woman. Need I say more?
  2. Ina Garten - I love to cook! Ina was the celebrity chef that sparked my interest in cooking. Additionally, she has a fascinating background. Before becoming the Barefoot Contessa, she was a staff member of the White House Office of Management and Budget. She worked on nuclear energy policy before discovering her love for cooking good meals and hosting awesome parties.

Favorite AHA event and why? Vestido Rojo. I love seeing the community come together for such a great cause!  Additionally, I enjoy working with the Madrinas and seeing their table decorations.

Why is advocating with the American Heart Association important to you? I am passionate about advocating for public health programs for underprivileged communities. The American Heart Association does just that. They and their programs are inclusive. They strive to help better all communities affected by heart and stroke health issues.

Why did you want to join Leaders with Heart?  I am passionate about public policy and advocating for public health. Additionally, I wanted to further my education in public policy and better my leadership skills.

Did you learn any fun-facts at the kickoff meeting for Leaders with Heart last week? The health equity disparities within Austin. Additionally, I was not aware that in 2015 Austin, Texas was ranked the most segregated city in the United States of America.

Will you check back with us at the end of the program to let us know how it went? Absolutely!

Thanks, Ryan! If you would like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter, please email 

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