Clair Ryan

Clair began as the Recycling Program Coordinator for Kane County’s Department of Water and Environmental Resources in January of 2022. In this role, she is responsible for maintaining and implementing the County’s Solid Waste Plan, planning and implementing recycling events, and for public outreach and education. While relatively new to the materials management field, Clair has long been interested in recycling and the fate of our collective “stuff” as a citizen, and is quickly learning the details and players. Immediately prior to joining the County she served as the program director of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, a regional non-profit organization affiliated with The Morton Arboretum. She spent her earlier career in the Northeast working primarily with interstate water quality organizations, including the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She brings more than 10 years of non-profit management experience to the role of IRF President. She earned dual Master’s in Environmental Science and Public Administration from Indiana University in Bloomington and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She lives in North Aurora with her husband, son and cats, and enjoys gardening and rock ‘n’ roll.