Born in the West but raised in the Midwest, Ryan graduated from the University of Iowa before setting off to explore the world. His travels, work, and education have taken him to six continents where he has called Australia, Chile, Thailand and six U.S. states home. He recently finished his master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University before moving to Denver where he joined Inspire Colorado.
While working abroad with grassroots organizations implementing community development programs, Ryan became fascinated by each country's civic processes to create more democratic societies or in some cases repress democratic expression. Stories from local friends along the way inspired Ryan to return to the U.S. after years of international focus to promote civic engagement here at home.
Ryan is enjoying rediscovering the natural beauty of the West, being in the same hemisphere as family and friends, live music, and any outdoor activity.