Ryan has extensive professional experience in multiple issues including climate change, transportation, and land-use and has dedicated himself to the achievement of healthy, equitable, and economically vibrant communities throughout California and beyond.
Currently he works with both TransForm and Transportation for America as the State Cap-and-Trade Campaign Manager and the chief California Organizer.
With TransForm he coordinates a statewide coalition to ensure that revenues from California’s landmark cap-and-trade program – the keystone of the Global Warming Solutions Act – are reinvested in world-class transit systems and livable communities that improve the health and prosperity of all Californians.
With Transportation for America he collaborates with high-profile California stakeholders to support transportation and policy solutions at the federal level that will provide the resources to invest in a multimodal, well-maintained, and economically competitive transportation system.
Previously he also worked extensively on freight policy with a focus on reducing diesel port pollution in Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Before entering the transportation advocacy world, Ryan lived in Washington D.C., Costa Rica, and Guatemala, studying and working on international development issues and human rights. He also is a veteran of the United States Navy.
Ryan is originally from New Mexico. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from UC Davis and a dual M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington D.C. and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.