Joshua Rysanek joined the LANL Foundation in 2023 as a College, Career, and Community Pathways Program Coordinator. He is a former high school teacher, speech and debate coach, and college admissions advisor with more than five years of experience championing educational equity in secondary and higher education. He most recently worked with Teach For America as a manager of network engagement, cultivating a community of more than 250 alumni across New Mexico. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Language and Letters at Northern New Mexico College.
Joshua is a proud dual-credit student. He attended the University of New Mexico, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and liberal arts. He holds a master’s degree in urban education with a concentration in policy and administration from Loyola Marymount University. In his master’s research capstone, Joshua investigated his students’ perception of college-going culture, expectations of college, and formation of college-going identities.
Born and raised in New Mexico to a multicultural and multigenerational household, Joshua celebrates the diversity of New Mexico’s landscapes, peoples, and traditions. Joshua lives in Rio Rancho with his partner and their dog Clementine, where they enjoy walking along the trails in the Bosque.