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Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann, M.A., is the Executive Director of the Indiana Family Institute, a nonprofit public policy development and advocacy organization focused on strengthening Hoosier families.

Ryan is a follower of Jesus, passionate about cultural renewal and God honoring public policy here in Indiana and nationally.

IFI is among 40 Family Policy Councils across the nation, and is affiliated with Family Policy Alliance, a Colorado Springs, Colorado, ministry; Family Research Council, a Washington, D.C. based think tank; and the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation. These organizations all share a passion for promoting policies and practices in the public sphere to strengthen families, the bedrock institution of all great nations.

McCann graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a double major in political science/pre-law and history. He graduated magna cum laude from the Regent University Robertson School of Government, earning a Master’s degree in government with a focus on public policy.

McCann has stood for faith, family and freedom in the media through TV, print and radio stations such as: CNN, USA Today, NPR, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Breitbart News, OneNewsNow and various other state and local media organizations.

Among his list of accomplishments: He is the author of The Indiana Family Report, a detailed statistical analysis of the state of the family in Indiana. He was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2006 to serve on the Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana. McCann regularly stands for faith, family and freedom at the Indiana Statehouse and with concerned citizens at the local level when marriage, family, life or religious liberty are in jeopardy.

McCann has led coalitions to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman within Indiana's Constitution, assisted in the passage of numerous pieces of legislation to protect women and children from the abortion industry, led the successful lobbying efforts to protect the religious liberty of Hoosier students and, perhaps most notably, led the diverse coalition which successfully advocated for Indiana to join 30 other states, and the federal government, in elevating free speech, religious freedom and freedom of association for all Hoosiers through the Hobby Lobby Bill (commonly referred to as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act). He has also testified against numerous attacks against free speech and religious freedom at the local level throughout Indiana.

McCann serves as the Executive Director of Indiana Family Action and Indiana Family Action PAC. IFA is the advocacy arm of the Indiana Family Institute. IFA PAC is a political action committee dedicated to electing pro-family public servants in Indiana. Ryan and his wife Tory have been blessed with five wonderful children.


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