At a community gathering on Montview Ave.

About Ryan

Ryan is Vice-President of the Northampton City Council and one of two Councilors At-Large in the city.

He serves on the Committee on Legislative Matters, Committee on City Services, and also serves as Chair of the Transportation and Parking Commission, which works on issues of traffic and safety throughout the city.

Before joining the Council, Ryan was a board member of the Northampton Living Wage Coalition and the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association.

Please be in touch with any thoughts, questions or concerns you may have at: ryanryanodonnell.org or (413) 570-3159, or Connect on Facebook.

Leading a community forum on a proposed zoning ordinance, with a full crowd in attendance.


Experienced. Effective. Progressive.

On the City Council, Ryan has fought for affordable housing and strengthened energy and sustainability standards in our zoning code.

He has led on key progressive issues, writing the first ordinance in Massachusetts setting campaign finance rules tougher than state law, proposing the adoption of the state's "earned sick time" law for city employees, and writing legislation to ban privatization of the city water system.

Ryan has also called for transparency around Columbia Gas' moratorium on new natural gas connections that is hurting economic development. With Council President Bill Dwight, he initiated a City Council study of the local economy to determine how the Council can help local business.

Ryan with his grandfather in 1983.


Background and Family

Ryan was born in Springfield in 1980 and went to public schools in the Valley, graduating from UMass in 2002.

His mother and father were married at St. Mary's Church and lived for a number of years on Isabella Street in Ward 3. When his parents separated just before he was born, his mother moved into affordable housing in Amherst, where he grew up.

His grandfather was a public school teacher in Holyoke for 25 years and lived in Holyoke and then Easthampton with his grandmother, who transcribed textbooks into Braille for visually impaired students.

In his professional life, Ryan worked for many years with nonprofit organizations such as Common Cause on issues of campaign finance reform and government transparency, working in the Washington, DC area. After returning home to Western Mass, he has continued to do that kind of work as an independent consultant.

Ryan lives on Day Ave.



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