Resume / CV

Jenny Ryan

email: jenny AT omnicommons DOT org​

My ongoing mission is to work alongside existing and emerging organizations to build strong and resilient human communications networks and collectively-owned infrastructure. I collaborate closely with open source projects, grassroots communities, and global initiatives rooted in the shared struggle to reclaim the commons – creating public spheres; cultivating open spaces for collaborative cultural production and caring communities; exploring cooperative legal and economic frameworks; and building people-powered alternatives to broken systems.


Omni Commons - a collective of collectives stewarding shared space and resources in Oakland, CaliforniaCo-Founder, Community Organizer & Secretary/Treasurer, ​ Omni Commons
Dec 2013 - Current

Co​-creator of Omni Commons, a community space in North Oakland comprised of eleven member collectives and several semi-autonomous Working Groups (WGs) stewarding shared space and resources and experimenting with consensus-based governance.
¬ ​Commons WG​: Developed booking system​ and ​calendar​; Co-created ​guidelines​ for booking & bottom-lining events; Event bottom-liner for over 100 events (booking, promo, day-of setup, A/V, runner and cleanup);
¬ ​Communications WG ​ Facilitator: ​Setting up and maintaining online presence (​wiki​, ​website​, Twitter​, ​Facebook​, & ​mailing lists​); Designing and publishing newsletters​, swag, and flyers; ​Documentation​; Created ​process​ docs;
¬ ​Finances WG ​Facilitator: ​ Accounting; Budgeting; Financial reporting​; State filings & exemptions; Legal contracts;
¬​ ​Fundraising WG:​ Grant-writing; Crowdfunding​; Procuring community loans; Donor management; ¬ ​Building WG​ Facilitator: ​Work party coordination; Maintaining ​to-do list​; Facilities maintenance & construction.

Co-Founder, Community Organizer & Treasurer, Sudo Mesh
Jan 2013-Current

Coordinating an all-​volunteer nonprofit organization building the People's Open Network​, a community-owned and -​operated WiFi network in Oakland;​ DisasterRadio, a long-range, off-grid communications network; and ​Build Your Own Internet​, a toolkit for building DIY WiFi networks.
¬ ​ Project Management: ​Built and maintain​ project management system (Trello, Github, Google Suite);
¬ ​ Community Outreach: ​Community outreach, interviews, and ​coalition​-building​ with local​ stakeholders and global​ community partners; Onboarding, organizing and retaining volunteers; ​Web​ and graphic design;
¬ ​ Events Coordinator: Giving talks and presentations​ at conferences, schools and festivals; Hosting and promoting regular classes​ & ​workshops​; Organizing weekly node mounts at locations across the Bay Area.
¬ ​ Communications: ​Documentation​; Conducted ethnographic research​ and designed ​use cases​; Press​ liason;
¬ ​ Administration: Managing finances, state filings​ and exemption paperwork; Fundraising and grant-writing; Developed ​business plan​ and 5-year projected budget​.

Community Outreach Coordinator, De Novo Group
July 2014-Jan 2016

¬​ Core Activities: ​ Coordinating community outreach and relationships with customers; Designing and managing events; ​ Web and graphic design​ ; Blogging and social media.
¬ Further Reach is aimed at delivering affordable broadband Internet access to rural communities all over the world, starting with Northern California. The project, in collaboration with UC-Berkeley EECS researchers, was funded with a $2M by The grant will be used to develop an open source wireless technology that promises to be cheaper and easier to roll out and manage. The approach is based on Software-Defined Networking (SDN), an increasingly popular approach for enterprise networks and large data centers; ¬ Rangzen/Murmur aims to let people communicate anonymously when there is a government-imposed Internet blackout, as has happened in a number of countries in the last few years. A key aspect of Rangzen is to use smartphones as an anonymous mesh network that exchange messages without using government-controlled infrastructure.

Technology Evangelist, Open Garden
April 2013-July 2014

Early employee of a San Francisco-based startup creating a mobile mesh networking application for sharing Internet connectivity among mobile devices.
¬​ Core Activities: ​ Managing events; Crafting and publishing press releases; Developing community and corporate partnerships; Community engagement (forum, social media, newsletters); Coordinating communications; writing and research.

GNOME Intern, Open Technology Institute
Jan 2013-April 2013

¬ Developing use cases and conducting user research for Tidepools, a hyperlocal mobile mapping platform designed to run on community mesh networks. [Research Wiki]

Information Architect & Linux Sysadmin, Banq Design
June 2011-Jan 2012

¬ Started a web design business with a partner, working with Wordpress and empowering our clients to use the technologies we provide.

Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, San Diego
March 2010 - March 2012

¬ Taught courses on critical theory and communication to undergraduates in the Communication Department.

Social Media Consultant, The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
March-Dec 2010

¬ Consulting for social media outreach campaigns; tabling at conferences and events.

Research Assistant, Howard Rheingold.
July 2009 - March 2010

Mapping out tools and literature on the topic of assessing credibility of information found online for a book on 21st Century Literacies .

Research Assistant, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society
June 2008 - Aug 2010

¬ Digital Natives Project: Worked with danah boyd to conduct an extensive review of interdisciplinary literature pertaining to the subject of deliberate self-harm and the internet, including popular discourses, quantitative and qualitative studies, legal and grassroots initiatives.
¬ Media Cloud ProjectMass organizing of news stories and blog posts from around the world; tracking the circulation of memes and posing research questions.

Ethnographer, Wesleyan University Academic Library Services
Fall 2006

Ethnoproject on student study spaces with Michael Roy. Conducting interviews with student focus groups; multimodal inquiry into desired future study spaces on campus.

Webtech, Social Psychology Network
Sep 2005-June 2006

¬ Daily site maintenance, data accumulation, and various web-based tasks.

WebTech, Wesleyan University
June 2004-June 2007
¬ Training and experience working for professors: Website design, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, MS Office, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator.
Sudo Room is a creative community and hackerspace in Oakland, CaliforniaSudo Room - Oct 2011-Current - Co-Founder, Omni Delegate & Treasurer
Creating an open membership, non​ hierarchical, collaborative community working toward social change. Personal focus on collaboration, documentation, inclusivity and collective processes for accountability, facilitation and communication.
¬ ​ Organizer: ​Developing community policies and processes; Facilitating and documenting meetings;
¬ ​ Finance & Fundraising: Managing finances, state filings and exemption paperwork; Grant-writing and crowdfunding; Managing member payments and accounts; Effectively documented & handed off role;
¬ ​ Communications: ​Recruiting and onboarding new members; Conflict mediation; Press liason;
¬ ​ Event Management: ​ Hosted monthly cryptoparties​ for 2.5 years; Co-organizer of several Bay Area Consortium of Hackerspaces​ unconferences; Co-organizer of Hacker Happy Hour; Maintainer of calendar​;
¬ ​ Projects: Sudo Mesh​; ​Laptop salvage and distribution​ to ​low-income, youth, activists and people of color​; Designing a community asset​ -mapping and auto-documentation tool (​Mycelia​); The ​HackPack Project

Mycelia - Jan 2012-Current
Partner(s): Marc Juul
Mycelia is the Whole Earth Catalog of the 21st century: A system that facilitates autodocumentation of available tools, similar projects, and skilled people in "community laboratories" such as hackerspaces and intentional communities. Aggregating this data into a searchable database will facilitate collaboration between groups, improving transparency through community asset mapping of available resources across open spaces.

The Pyre - A collaborative, open source project to collate a DIY toolkit for building resilient communities.The Pyre - April 2011-Current
The Pyre project is a collaborative effort to build a comprehensive set of DIY tools and resources to create and maintain socially equitable, ecologically sustainable and economically robust human societies. In order to achieve this, we are engaging as many interested parties as possible to collaborate on the creation, collection and curation of an extensive compendium of blueprints for building resilient communities. Our intent is to distribute these blueprints on a set of individually encrypted USB keys supporting the Live Linux Debian operating system that each user can customize to suit their individual needs and purposes. These keys would also provide the software platform for private and secure intra-community communication and organization, as well as inter-community peer-to-peer networking and collaboration.
In addition to the collection and re-distribution of blueprints created and prototyped by other groups, we will prototype and develop a model for urban/industrial blight/surplus commercial property reclamation using spare labor to decrease homelessness and fossil fuel dependency and increase food security, individual empowerment and community formation.
Legal Apprenticeship,​ Spring 2018. ​ Advisor​ : Jesse Palmer.

Master of Arts, Communication, March 2012, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA.

Master of Arts, Anthropology, May 2008, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
Thesis: The Virtual Campfire: An Ethnography of Online Social Networking
Advisor: Elizabeth Traube, Anthropology Department Chair

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, May 2007, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 2007, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate awarded July 2008 from ITTO (International Teacher Training Organization).
  • Event booking, planning, management, and promotion
  • Project management and organization
  • Volunteer onboarding and coordination
  • Nonprofit communications, fundraising & social media
  • Collaboration tools (Google, Slack, Trello, Asana, Github)
  • Web dev & design (HTML5, Wordpress, Mediawiki, JS)
  • Creating educational materials and group process docs
  • Ethnographic and participatory action research
  • Community outreach and public relations
  • Nonprofit accounting and budgeting (Quickbooks)
  • Academic and legal research and writing
  • Group facilitation and conflict mediation
  • Basic Linux Systems Administration
  • User Research
  • Technical Documentation
  • Graphic Design (Illustrator, Photoshop, Gimp, Inkscape)
  • Video Editing (Final Cut Pro, iMovie)
  • Social media management (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc)
  • Extensive knowledge of research tools and software (DEVONthink, PulsePen, social bookmarking, mindmapping software)
  • Proficient with SPSS
  • Fluency in Danish, conversational in Spanish, literate in French, familiarity with Swahili
November 2012. "Hacking the Commons: How to Start a Hackerspace," posted on [Link]

August 2012. "The Digital Graveyard: Online Social Networking Sites as Vehicles of Remembrance," in Mike Wesch and Neil Whitehead (eds.), Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End/s of Anthropology. University of Colorado Press. [PDF]

Winter 2011. "Pro-Self-Harm and the Visibility of Youth-Generated Problematic Content,” with danah boyd and Alex Leavitt. Journal of Information Law & Society. [PDF]

June 2010. "Weaving the underground web: Neotribalism and psytrance on," in Graham St. John (ed.), The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance. Routledge: New York & London. [PDF]

May 2008. "The Virtual Campfire: An Ethnography of Online Social Networking," Master's thesis, published online at The Virtual Campfire. [PDF]
Winter 2012 - Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of California, San Diego.
¬ Assisted Professor John McMurria for COSF100: Communication as a Social Force.

Winter 2011 - Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of California, San Diego.
¬ Assisted Professor John McMurria for COSF100: Communication as a Social Force.

Fall 2010 - Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of California, San Diego
¬ Assisted Professor Barry Brown for CoHi100: Communication and the Person / Human Information Processing.

Summer 2010 - Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of California, San Diego
¬ Assisted Professor David Serlin for COCU172: American Television in the 1970s.

Spring 2010 - Course Reader, University of California, San Diego
¬ Assisted Professor Nadine Kozak for COSF178: The Information Age: In Fact and Fiction.

Fall 2007 - Teaching Assistant, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
¬ Assisted Professor Gina Ulysse for Anthropology 201: Contemporary Anthropological Theory

Fall 2006 - Course Assistant, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
¬ Assisted Mike Roy for his Continuing Education course on social media, including demonstrations of social networking, blogging, and Second Life.

Summer 2005 - One-on-One Aide, Special Education, New Hartford BOCES, NY
¬ One-on-one assistant to an 18-year old mentally retarded girl enrolled in the BOCES summer school program.

Spring 2005 - Teaching Assistant, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
¬ Assisted Professor Henry Danso for Psychology 105: Foundations of Contemporary Psychology.

1998-2002 - English Language Tutor, Utica Refugee Center, Utica, NY
¬ Tutored local immigrants in English one afternoon a week.
2 August 2018.How do we create sustainable funding for Open Source Projects?” at Decentralized Web Summit in San Francisco, CA. [Video]
Moderator: Jenny Ryan (Sudo Mesh)
Panel: Nico Pace (Altermundi), Dominic Tarr (Secure Scuttlebutt), Andrew Lee (Handshake), and Mehan Jayasuriya (Mozilla).

14 July 2018.Our _stable_ networks” with Grant Gallo at Our Networks in Montreal, Canada. [Video] [Slides]

19 September 2015. "Hacker Q&A" at Symbiosis Festival
Panel Presenters: Marc Juul & Jenny Ryan (Sudo Mesh), Electronic Frontier Foundation and Open Whisper Systems. [Slides].

30 April 2015. "The Future of the Internet After Net Neutrality: A Learning Session," with Marc Juul at San Francisco City Hall. [Slides].

October 2-3, 2014. Panel and Workshop at the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks at c-base in Berlin, Germany. [Agenda]
Panel: Women and Community Wireless: Addressing Challenges, Sharing Successes
Workshop: Coalition-Building for Community Wireless Networks

26 June 2014. "From the Bottom Up: Building Community-Owned and -Operated Mesh Networks," with Sudo Mesh, wlan-slovenia, Personal Telco Project, and Kansas City Freedom Network at Open Source Bridge, Portland, OR. [Slides] [Session Notes]
Presenters: Jenny, Marc, Mitar (wlan-sloveia), Russell (Personal Telco Project), and Isaac Wilder (Kansas City Freedom Network)

12 December 2013. Sudo Mesh presentation with Matt Senate for Professor Sameer Verda's Wireless Networking class at San Francisco State University. [Video] [Slides]

August 31, 2013. "Mesh the Planet! - A Presentation on the Oakland Community Mesh Network Project," with Marc Juul at Information Day, hosted by The Public School and Sudo Room, Oakland, CA. [Wiki Documentation]

November 15, 2012. "Free the Means: Co-Creating Ethnographies of the Future," at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California. [Crib Notes]

November 16, 2011. "Reimagining the 'Global Village' in an Age of Networked Materiality: Designing Online Spaces for Group Coordination, Participation and Collaboration," at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
Panel Title: No Matter Where: Tracking New Media Materialities and Ideologies.
Panel Organizers: Matt Bernius and Adam Fish

November 21, 2010. "Weaving the Underground Web: Neotribalism and Psytrance on Tribe.Net," at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Panel Title: Embodiment, Trance, and Gender: Papers on the Anthropology of Consciousness.
Panel Organizer: Jeffrey MacDonald.

December 8, 2009. "The Digital Graveyard: Online Social Networking Sites as Vehicles of Remembrance," at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Panel Title: Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End/s of Anthropology.
Panel Organizers: Neil Whitehead and Mike Wesch.

April 24, 2008. New Media & the Internet Panel, Wesleyan University.
Speakers: Jenny Ryan and Sam Han.
  • Digital Commons
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Cyberanthropology
  • Community Wireless Networks
  • Online Social Networking
  • Intentional Communities
  • Hackerspaces
  • Social Media Tools for Community-Building
  • Community Asset Mapping
  • Hacker Culture & Politics
  • Free & Open Source Software
  • Mesh Networking
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Digital Literacy Skills
  • Online Identity Performance
  • Online Memorialization
  • Youth Subcultures
  • Autoethnography
  • Phenomenology
  • Proxemics
  • Science Fiction