Ryan Gittler-Muñiz joined the Law Center in 2023 as an environmental justice organizer. In this one-year full-time role, they will develop and implement organizing campaign strategies as part of our Garden Justice Legal Initiative, supporting Philadelphia community gardeners and others seeking to maintain productive green space in low-income, historically disinvested communities and communities of color.
Ryan has been a land security volunteer organizer with César Andreu Iglesias Community Garden in Kensington since August 2021, where they build grassroots power with North Philadelphia residents who maintain lots with U.S. Bank liens. Prior to joining the Law Center, they served as an organizer with PA Youth Vote, working with high school students, and a civic engagement field coordinator with Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC), mobilizing South Philadelphia’s immigrant communities to vote. In 2019, Ryan worked at Centro de Atención al Migrante Exodus (CAME), a migrant shelter in Agua Prieta, Mexico.
Ryan graduated from Yale University cum laude with a B.A. in political science and a certificate in Spanish. They are certified as a Partially Accredited Representative, authorized by the Department of Justice to provide limited representation to immigrants, through Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Immigration Studies Training for Advocates (VIISTA) program.