R.T. Rybak

Teaching Specialist

After serving 12 years as mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak became executive director of Generation Next in January of 2014. In his current role he aims to make Minneapolis and St. Paul a national leader in innovative, cradle-to-career approaches to youth development, and works to highlight the crisis of our region’s achievement gap and advance effective strategies for ending it.
During his tenure as mayor, Rybak led efforts to revitalize north Minneapolis, attack juvenile crime, make Minneapolis a wireless city, end homelessness in 10 years, and significantly reduce the city’s energy consumption to combat global climate change.
Rybak also serves as a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, a Senior Advisor for Municipal Practice at Living Cities, and is a visiting practitioner at the University of Minnesota. A Minneapolis native, R.T. Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, the commercial real estate business, publishing and the Internet before being elected mayor in his first run for public office. He and his wife Megan O’Hara, Youth Employment Director at Wilderness Inquiry, have two grown children.