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Portrait of Ryan Merkley

Ryan Merkley

Chief Executive Officer Creative Commons Other

Ryan Merkley is CEO at Creative Commons. CC licenses are the global standard for sharing, supported by an international community. He is focused on building a vibrant, usable commons powered by collaboration and gratitude. Last year, he launched CC Search, with a goal of indexing all of the 1.4 billion licensed works online, across 9 million websites, and the CC Certificate, the first comprehensive learning program for using CC tools and working openly. Ryan was COO at the Mozilla Foundation, and served as Director of Communications for Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics. As Senior Advisor to former Toronto Mayor David Miller, he led the city’s budget, and launched its open data initiative.