A native of Eastern Oregon, Ryan attended Oregon State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. Upon graduation, he served a 20-year tour with the Marine Corps as a pilot and commanding officer. After moving back home in 2016, he joined the top-tier affordable housing management company, Viridian Management. While working with Viridian as an organizational consultant, he created effective solutions that bring solar and its benefits to affordable multifamily housing, founding Fleet Development. He now focuses on integrating this knowledge into full-spectrum affordable housing development. Ryan is currently a board member for the Oregon Solar and Storage Industry Association.