The Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance board of directors has hired Ryan McCrady as the company’s president and CEO. He will begin his new role with the local economic development organization in early May.

McCrady, a former Springfield resident, served as the Sangamon County administrator from 2003-2008. He is currently serving as CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County, a position he has held since January 2015. McCrady also served as the city manager of Decatur for six years.

Dan Dungan, board chair of the Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance, said “Many of our board members are already familiar with the success Ryan has demonstrated in both Sangamon County and Decatur/Macon County. We have confidence that he can successfully implement our mission to enhance economic prosperity and growth for Springfield and Sangamon County.”

McCrady is a native of Divernon, Illinois, and a graduate of Lincoln Land Community College. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Illinois State University and will receive an MBA from the University of Illinois in May.