Ryan Merkley

Ryan Merkley

Ryan Merkley is Chief Executive Officer at Creative Commons. He joined the organization in 2014 to define a new strategy and to establish long-term sustainability for CC. Today, CC is implementing its renewed strategy to build a vibrant, usable commons powered by collaboration and gratitude.

CC licenses are the global standard for sharing, supported by an international community. In 2018, Ryan launched CC Search, with a goal of indexing all 1.4 billion licensed works online, across 9 million websites, and the CC Certificate, the first comprehensive learning program for using CC tools and working openly.

Prior to joining CC, Ryan was Chief Operating Officer of Mozilla, served as Director of Corporate Communications for the City of Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games, and was a Senior Advisor to Mayor David Miller in Toronto, where he led the Mayor’s budget policy and initiated Toronto’s Open Data project. Ryan is an experienced campaigner and advocate for social causes, and has advised political campaigns on the local and national levels. Ryan is an avid cyclist and an amateur barista. He lives in Toronto with his daughter and his wife Kelsey.