Managing Consultant, Education and Child Development Policy
Shanyn Ronis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Education Global Access Program (E-Gap) which works to provide training and resources for teachers working with youth living in conflict zones and areas of extreme poverty. Since its founding in 2013, E-Gap has touched the lives of over 5,000 people on 3 continents.
Ronis also serves as CEO overseeing the US Expansion of Kuepa, a Latin American Company that works with low-income Latinos to help them improve their employability through GED test preparations, and skills training. Kuepa has over 40,000 alumni across 5 countries.
She earned her BA from the George Washington University with a shared focus in Sociocultural Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Archaeology. Ronis went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago in the Social Sciences, and has conducted fieldwork in dozens of countries throughout Latin America and Europe, focusing primarily on gender inequality and improving access to social resources for marginalized communities. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and German. Her family is originally from Latvia.
Prior to working in education, Ronis began her career managing US political campaigns and working in Democratic Mail, where she gained experience in fundraising, outreach, and organizing volunteers behind shared cause. In 2013, she founded the E-Gap in order to apply those skills to a matter that was close to her heart; improving access to education for the world’s most vulnerable citizens.
In 2015, Ronis earned the Gifted Citizens award for her work in international education. She was chosen among 30 finalists for a $50,000 award during the annual Ciudade de las Ideas conference in Puebla Mexica, where she will be a speaker in 2016.