In Loving Memory: Ryan Young

Ryan Young | Devoted Husband, Father, Son and Climate Pioneer

Ryan Young joined Textile Exchange in October 2017 and became Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Ryan was an integral force for our 2030 Climate+ strategy and his determination to make the world a better place for future generations was evident in all that he did. Ryan was an intellectually curious leader who paired his business acumen with his drive to change the apparel sector. Before joining Textile Exchange, he served on the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s executive team. He led the development of the Higg Index- a first of its kind assessment tool covering the entire product lifecycle and value chain. Ryan received a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

The 2030 climate vision that he developed was the result of extensive stakeholder engagement that he carried out during his tenure at Textile Exchange. At the 2020 Textile Sustainability Conference, we honored his pioneering work by creating the Ryan Young Climate+ Award, which will be given to a sustainability industry leader every year. The link below allows you to listen to Ryan speak about the importance of addressing climate action for our planet’s future. During this clip from the 2019 conference in Vancouver, Canada, Ryan spoke passionately about his two children, Zoe and Alastair, and the world they will inherit if we don’t take immediate action to reduce global carbon emissions. “Do we want to be someone that is part of the solution or be someone who is part of the continued problem?” We honor Ryan’s legacy to be part of the solution.

Sending heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Helena, Zoe, Alastair, and the Young family.

If you are interested, below are the details of two options for donations that were close to Ryan’s heart: The UCSF Brain Tumor Center and the Milton Marks Family Camp. Ryan received excellent care from UCSF during this journey and the Young’s participated in an amazing family camp for brain tumor patients this summer that was very helpful and uplifting for Ryan, his wife and their children.

The UCSF Brain Tumor Center- Research Fund

Make checks payable to the UCSF Foundation (Bfund: B1573)

Lock Box 45339

San Francisco, CA 94145-0339

The Milton Marks Neuro-Oncology Family Camp

Make checks payable to Community Initiatives (FSP#6356)

1000 Broadway Suite 480

Oakland, CA 94607

Virtual Memorial

Ryan’s wife, Helena Young, will be honoring Ryan’s life and legacy over the next few months. It will be virtual so that friends, family, and colleagues from around the globe can attend. Details will be posted on his Caring Bridge site. Feel free to subscribe to Ryan’s Caring Bridge email announcements for more information.

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