Ryan was elected to the Northampton City Council in 2013 and re-elected in 2015. He brings a progressive voice to the Council, and has worked on a number of projects including:
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. After his parents separated, he and his mother moved to Amherst, where he grew up. Ryan's grandfather was a public school teacher in Holyoke for 25 years and lived in 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, ethics and government transparency and continues to do that kind of work today as an independent consultant.
Before joining the City Council, Ryan was a board member of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association and the Northampton Living Wage Coalition (now Living Wage Western Mass.) He lives on Day Avenue.
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