Director of Grants
Ryanne Easley joined the CBF staff as Director of Grants in February 2012. As Director of Grants, Ryanne is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the CBF’s Grants Program and overseeing the CBF’s public interest law scholarships and fellowships.
Ryanne, a 2004 graduate of Stanford Law School, was involved with the CBF for many years prior to joining the staff. In 2000, Ryanne was the CBF’s first field studies intern from Northwestern University. Following her graduation from law school Ryanne joined the CBF’s Young Professionals Board and remained actively engaged as a volunteer until she joined the CBF staff in 2012. She also previously served as a member of the CBF’s Grants Committee for four years beginning in 2007.
Ryanne brings with her to the CBF a broad range of professional and personal experiences. Early in her legal career, Ryanne clerked for Judge Matthew Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and was a litigation associate at Winston & Strawn for five years. While at Winston, Ryanne engaged in over 1,000 hours of pro bono work for low-income and non-profit clients in criminal, habeas corpus and civil matters, and also collaborated with a variety of local pro bono and legal aid organizations. Prior to joining the CBF staff, Ryanne served as Senior Associate Director of Development at the University of Chicago Law School.
Since 2007, Ryanne has served as a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and as co-chair of the Stanford Law Chapter of Chicago.
Ryanne resides in Chicago.