Ryan is a disability advocate, public speaker, and professional persuader with nearly a decade of experience ranging from work on Capitol Hill and federal government to positions with non-profits and global PR firms. His specialties include media relations, social media, organizational branding, and crisis management.
Despite the fact that his favorite cinematic character is Ferris Bueller, or that he was once accused of cheating on his metaphysics exam by looking into the soul of the boy next to him, Ryan considers himself an advocate of fairness and hard work. Known for his tenacity, he knows the importance of pushing forward despite obstacles.
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, Ryan is an advocate for members of the disability community. Communication through education and an ongoing dialogue are at the center of his approach to combat the stigma and stereotypes associated with being disabled. To that end, Ryan has lectured and served on various panels and university boards nationwide. Through various endeavors, both personal and professional, Ryan’s advocacy aims to raise awareness, influence public policy, and spur social change. Ryan’s advocacy has been featured in The Washington Post, FOX News, and the nationally syndicated column, Savage Love.
Currently, Ryan serves in the Service Desk Operations Division within the Office of Information Management Systems with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As an IT Support Specialist, Ryan works daily on the planning, development, and execution of communication within the division and across the agency related to IT services.
Previously, as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Office of the Chief Communications Officer, Ryan worked to inform the public as well as key stakeholders about the valuable role of intellectual property throughout the country and around the world. Through his relationship with the media, Ryan promoted the agency’s key initiatives helping drive American innovation. In addition, Ryan’s work focused on internal communication to all of the agency’s 13,000 employees with an emphasis on employee engagement.
Prior to joining the USPTO, with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Ryan was part of a dedicated team serving the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs helping educate and inform the public about key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ryan’s work included development of effective communication strategies related to the promotion of the ACA, including branding strategy, media targeting, and audience outreach, particularly through social media.
Ryan is the founder of Wild Pitch Media, a public communication consulting firm. Emphasizing both new and traditional media, Wild Pitch Media consults clients on various aspects of their organizational communication and branding. From research and audience targeting to message strategy and tactics, the firm empowers clients with the tools necessary to produce compelling result-oriented communication.
Ryan holds a master’s degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state.