A 40-year veteran of the reproductive health field, Bill Ryerson is the founder and President of the non-profit organization Population Media Center (PMC) headquartered in Shelburne, Vermont. Since founding the organization in 1998, William Ryerson has worked to produce educational media programs around the world intended to enhance the health and well-being of local populations. Working with local radio and/or television broadcasters, Population Media Center aims to encourage the use of family planning, the adoption of small family norms, and the enhancement of the role of women in society in order to stabilize human population numbers.
In conjunction with his work with Population Media Center, in 2008 William Ryerson was named the Chief Executive Officer of the Population Institute, an international non-profit organization dedicated to educating policymakers and the public about population issues. In conjunction with his work with PMC, Mr. Ryerson’s efforts are particularly focused on concerns of population growth. For example, rapid population growth can sometimes result in the hardship of forced immigration and emigration by local populations. The efforts of Mr. Ryerson and the Population Institute are directed by population growth concerns, food and water shortages, energy shortages, security concerns, and climate change, including the desire to help people avoid forced immigration and emigration.
Bill Ryerson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, graduating magna cum laude from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He then went on to complete a Master of Philosophy in Biology, specializing in Ecology and Evolution at Yale University. Throughout his career, William Ryerson has published numerous articles and papers on topics including population growth, family planning, sustainability, and demographic effects of immigration and emigration around the world. He has also presented papers on topics such as "The Missing Link in Looking for Solutions to the World Population Problem,” and has served as the board member for a number of non-profit organizations throughout the Eastern United States.