Wandering the Halls: Ryan McDuffie, development department administrative assistant

‘Tis the season for giving. That’s what Ryan McDuffie hopes for, at least. She works in the development department at the NWTF, which oversees planned gifts, large donations and other stuff that keeps the NWTF’s wheels moving forward.

But there are a lot of other things Ryan likes about the Christmas season — hot cocoa, lights, the smell of pine. And she has a thing for fat men wearing red. (What woman doesn’t?)

Ryan has an extra reason to celebrate this year. She and her husband, Sam, who also works for the NWTF, brought a little McDuffie into the world this fall. First Christmases as a new family are so precious. Lemme hear a collective awww…

Watch out mall Santas across the country! Ryan McDuffie is looking for you (and your wallet).

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ryan McDuffie:

OFFICIAL TITLE: development department administrative assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION: I manage the Combined Federal Campaign and the NWTF Legacy program. I handle incoming department inquiries and try to direct people to the right place.


WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU CAME TO WORK FOR THE NWTF? I worked with Child Protective Services as an investigator.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB? Helping raise money for the NWTF.

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE PART? The amount of time I sit in my desk chair. I would really prefer to be outside more or moving around more at least.

FINISH THIS SENTENCE: I USUALLY SPEND MY LUNCH BREAK…with the NWTF’s museum coordinator, because he’s pretty good looking and has an adorable little boy.

IF YOU WERE A PLANT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A pansy, because they’re pretty, hardy and common. And that’s good enough for me.

IF YOU COULD HAVE FRONT ROW TICKETS TO ANY MUSICAL ARTIST/BAND EVER, WHO WOULD IT BE? Ryan Adams, NOT to be confused with Bryan Adams. (What, Ryan?!? You mean you’re not into sappy ballads and songs about the summer of ’69?) I love all his songs and he is a great songwriter, lyrically.