Ryan is a senior communications manager at the W. Haywood Burns Institute. He began his career as a newspaper reporter covering government, public safety and education in Dayton, Ohio and Annapolis, Md. before moving to advocacy communications at nonprofits such as the Coalition for Community Schools. He most recently worked in strategic communications at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Md.

Ryan is a native of Prince George’s County, Md., studied print journalism at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and lives in Columbia, Md. with his wife and two children.