As the senior director of policy and advocacy, Ryan leads the policy and advocacy strategy for K12 and higher education at Educate Texas.
Prior to joining CFT, Ryan was the associate commissioner for educator leadership and quality at the Texas Education Agency, where he led a team focused on educator preparation, certification and testing as well as investigations and enforcement for educator misconduct. Prior to that, he was a policy adviser for former commissioners of education Michael Williams and Robert Scott. Ryan also worked for the Texas Senate Committee on Education, where he focused on college and career readiness, public school assessment and accountability, special education, career and technical education, school safety and educator quality.
Ryan taught English in Covington and Valley Mills ISDs in Central Texas. He is a first-generation college graduate and seventh-generation Texan.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from West Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Baylor University.
Community Leadership / Board ServiceRyan has served as a Cub Scout den leader, a baseball coach and a Sunday school teacher and was a fellow at the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law. He sits on the board for Texas Rural Funders.
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"I am energized by the opportunity to work directly with so many mission-driven leaders inside and outside the organization to advance lasting improvements in public and higher education."
What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children.
— John Dewey