President & CEO
As the President and CEO, Ryan Unger provides high-profile leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC, including responsibility for all administrative and management functions and executing the overall mission of the organization. Ryan directs the organization’s strategic and operating planning in conjunction with the Chamber and CREDC Board, assures the financial strength of the Chamber and CREDC through the management of the annual budget and all funding sources, develops and maintains solid working relationships with members, the community, elected and appointed city officials and represents the Chamber & CREDC at events and meetings that are important to the organization and the business community.
Prior to joining the Chamber & CREDC, Ryan Unger served as the CEO of Team Pennsylvania. Ryan joined Team Pennsylvania in May 2011 as director of policy and programs, and was appointed president and CEO in December 2015. Under his leadership, Team Pennsylvania built upon its founding philosophy of “leading by convening.” For example, a public-private partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was formed to support the commonwealth’s agricultural economic development efforts. The partnership produced a first-of-its-kind economic impact analysis that highlighted the agriculture industry’s $135 billion impact on Pennsylvania’s economy. This work helped secure over $30 million in public investment included in the 2019 “Pennsylvania Farm Bill,” which made Pennsylvania the first state in the nation with a bill dedicated to growth in agriculture.
In his roles at Team Pennsylvania, Ryan also assisted with the development of nationally recognized policy and state-level strategy documents and reports on topic ranging from Marcellus Shale development to manufacturing. Additionally, he led Team Pennsylvania in partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to publish research and a roadmap on “Leveraging Petrochemical Opportunities in Pennsylvania” following Royal Dutch Shell’s historic $6 billion investment in western Pennsylvania.
Before his time at Team Pennsylvania, Ryan worked in regional economic and community development at SEDA-Council of Governments based in Lewisburg, PA, and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce based in Shamokin Dam, PA.
Ryan currently serves on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association and the board of advisors for Harrisburg Young Professionals.
During his time in the greater Susquehanna Valley, Ryan served on a variety of nonprofit boards and authorities including the Sunbury Housing Authority, Sunbury Redevelopment Authority, Susquehanna Valley Young Professionals and Sunbury Rotary Club. He also was president of both the Degenstein Community Library and Leadership Susquehanna Valley. Ryan was the 2013 recipient of Leadership Susquehanna Valley’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Ryan graduated from Elizabethtown College and is currently president of the alumni association for his alma mater.