Born in Kailua, Hawaii, Ryan moved to Tacoma in 1997. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, he earned a degree in Politics and Government. On the Tacoma City Council, Ryan now serves as Chair of the Infrastructure, Planning & Sustainability Committee and also a member of the Economic Development Committee, the Pierce County Flood Control Advisory Committee, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and as Vice Chair of the Growth Management Policy Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council. He currently works as the Executive Director of the Pierce Conservation District.
Ryan has been active in the community, serving on United Way of Pierce County Committees and the Boards of local non-profits such as Equal Rights Washington and Transportation Choices Coalition. In 2008 – 2009, Ryan served as Co-Chair of the City’s Green Ribbon Task Force on Climate Change, which produced the City’s plan for addressing global climate change. Ryan has served as chief of staff for State Rep. Hans Dunshee and before that as an AmeriCorps volunteer, working in the Youth United program at the United Way of Pierce County helping to implement the first-in-the-nation “Letter in Community Service” program where high school students can earn their varsity letter for service to their community, much like they do for athletics. Ryan and his husband Jerry have two dogs (Symba and Spartan) and one cat (Lily) and live in central Tacoma, within walking distance of the 6th Avenue Business District. He enjoys hiking, volleyball, kayaking, walking the dogs at local parks, working in the yard, home improvement projects and community service.
Leadership Positions and Community Involvement:
Infrastructure, Planning & Sustainability Committee, Chair; Economic Development Committee, Member; Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board, Vice Chair; Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board of Directors, Member; Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee, Vice Chair; Transportation Choices Coalition Board of Directors, Member; American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellow