Ryan Macpherson

Portfolio and Investment Manager, Autodesk Foundation


US & Canada




Ryan Macpherson is a Portfolio and Investments Manager at Autodesk Foundation, the corporate foundation of Autodesk, Inc. In this role, Ryan leads Autodesk’s impact investments into breakthrough technology solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Ryan is passionate about developing new financing mechanisms and incentive structures to support the commercialization of science and engineering-based innovations, which he has done through leading investment operations at PRIME Coalition, directing the 2016 MIT Clean Energy Prize, and launching new technology transition programs within the General Services Administration and Department of Defense. Ryan holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

quote Humans and machines, when working together, can solve those thorny societal problems that neither could on its own.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020