Ryan served in the United States Coast Guard from 1995-1999 as a Damage Controlman 3rd Class Petty Officer. After serving in the military he attended college to obtain his BA in Environmental Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, a Masters of International Relations at Troy University and a Masters of Management in Organizational Leadership and Management from Thomas Edison State College. He is the current Board President for the Center For Independence (CFI) in Lakewood, WA. Ryan has been active in several boards and committees at the local and state level. He is also currently employed as a Veteran Estate Manager with Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. He enjoys helping people achieve their goals and working collaboratively to find solutions to problems. Ryan is married to his loving wife Huong and they have a 3 year old daughter named Sophia.