“Every day is Memorial Day to me, and I think it’s important that every day is Memorial Day to the rest of this country.”
Ryan Manion has dedicated her life to supporting our nation’s military, veterans, and families of fallen heroes. She is inspired by the character, leadership, and sacrifice of her brother 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq while drawing fire away from his wounded comrades on April 29th, 2007.
Serving as the President of Travis Manion Foundation since 2012, Ryan leads a national movement focused on assisting veterans and families of the fallen to take the next step in their personal journeys, and inspiring the next generation of leaders. As a highly regarded advocate for the military community, Ryan has been invited to address national audiences on numerous occasions. These opportunities have also included interviews with the likes of Fox News, CNN, and many more.
While she may often speak on a national level, she is equally as proud to be the keynote speaker for Travis Manion Foundation’s Character Does Matter program. This program teaches the importance of leadership and character directly to thousands of students across the country, through the inspiring stories of fallen heroes.
Carrying on the legacy of her brother Travis, Ryan continues to lead a life of service to others. This was most notably recognized in 2015 when she was selected to receive the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service. In 2016 Ryan took an official appointment to serve on the Remember and Explore Subcommittee and the Honor Subcommittee for the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery. As a leader in the Veteran Non-Profit sector, Ryan also serves as a board member for the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Some additional accolades include:
- 2015 Aspen Institute Scholar
- 2014 Joseph D. Helton, Jr. Award for Leadership
- 2013 Hillier (Ignite) Warrior for Warriors Award
- 2011 Commodore John Barry Distinguished Citizen Award
Ryan resides in Doylestown, PA with her husband and three children, Maggie Rose, Honor and Travis Brendan. Ryan continues to serve her local community by serving as a Township Supervisor since elected in 2011. While responsibilities of this position are focused on deciding issues of public safety, growth management, environment, etc…Ryan most appreciates the personal connection with those within the community she is able to directly serve.
Prior to Travis Manion Foundation, Ryan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Cabrini College in 2004, and would then go on to launch two very successful businesses. However a calling to public service remained in her mind, and she began a new venture with the Bucks County Department of Housing and Community Development. This allowed Ryan to feel like she could give back to others, as her position focused on administering federal, state, and county community support for housing programs. While this was rewarding, Ryan saw her mother building up Travis Manion Foundation, and knew that was where she belonged. She started with the Foundation as a board member, but as national recognition increased, her destiny was to get even more involved. Ryan left her government position to dedicate herself full-time to the Foundation. She would go on to eventually follow in her late mother’s footsteps, where she remains to this day as the leader of the “If Not Me, Then Who…” movement of Travis Manion Foundation.
- About the Foundation
TMF is re-defining American character. By connecting our military community with young adults, we provide service members with a renewed sense of purpose and the opportunity to make a community impact and THRIVE in their civilian lives. In doing so, we also re-establish a national identity built on character, leadership, and service.Start Here