Dede Ryan owns and operates Dashboard Communications, an Idaho-based communications and marketing firm. Recent clients include the Simplot Company, the Idaho Nonprofit Center and Mother Earth News. She held senior marketing and communications positions with Weyerhaeuser, Trus Joist and Morrison Knudsen and served as executive director of The Cabin Literary Center for three years before launching www.dashboardcommunications.com in 2012.
Dede graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland's College of Journalism and holds post-graduate certificates in marketing and business management from Stanford University, the University of Michigan and Boise State University.
In addition to serving on the BSPR board, she is a commissioner on the Boise City Arts and History Commission, serves on the Idaho Film Foundation board, and has been actively involved with the Idaho Writers Guild, Family Advocacy Program, Idaho Public Television, Idaho Humane Society, and Habitat for Humanity. Prior to moving to Boise in 1990, Dede was a Capitol Hill journalist working for Business Publishers, Mass Transit Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. She has written hundreds of feature articles, an essay in NPR’s anthology "I Thought My Father Was God", and “Takeover,” her first book of fiction, was published in 2007. Her second novel, "Back of the House" is currently being considered for publication.