Ryan has spent his entire career working for the empowerment of people and the betterment of communities. For the past 15 years he has fought for affordable housing, tenants rights, and homelessness both locally and nationally. He began his career as a pastor and served a number of congregations on both coasts of the United States for 20 years.
After leaving pastoral ministry in 2013 Ryan served as the Director of Community Engagement at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), building working relationships between community activists, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, to find solutions to homelessness in the Los Angeles County.
Today Ryan works as the program director at the Secular Student Alliance, a national, higher education non-profit based in Pasadena, and serves as humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California. He is an active member of the Pasadena Tenants Union, and on the steering committee for the Pasadena Tenants Justice Coalition.
Ryan is the father of two teenage daughters, one of whom is in high school and the other, a freshman at Pasadena City College. He has a Masters degree from Andrews University and a Doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary.