A lifelong lover of language, history, and politics, thanks in large part to his magnificent, inspirational teachers, Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in May 2014, with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish. During the spring semester of 2013, Ryan studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, where he immersed himself in the culture and language of Andalusia, the southernmost province of Spain. He remains close with his host family and friends. One of the courses that he took in Sevilla, which was called “Jews, Muslims, Christians, and the Spanish Experience,” transformed his historical perspectives on religious difference and continues to influence his beliefs to this day.
Following graduation, Ryan had the opportunity to work as a campaign staffer for Mark Dunec, the Democratic candidate running for Congress in his home district in northern New Jersey. Subsequently, he worked as Manager of Strategic Alliances for the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, organizing the Chamber’s 25th Annual Awards Gala. During the summer of 2015, Ryan spent the summer in Jerusalem, Israel, where he participated in an international relations internship at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During that time, he researched and wrote a policy paper on Latin American perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and their impact on the legitimacy of the State of Israel. Upon returning to the United States, he worked as a Computer Operator for a prominent financial advisor specializing in retirement.
However, the greatest thrill of Ryan’s post-graduate career thus far came in July of 2016, when he was given the honor of working as a Field Organizer for the Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Allentown, PA, during which time he worked to elect Democrats up and down the ticket, from Hillary Clinton down to local House and Senate races. Ryan was successful in building robust relationships with volunteers and creating a strong volunteer organization that has lasted beyond the election. The volunteers that he met and befriended have been some of the most meaningful of his life thus far. Listening to their concerns and worries, hopes and dreams, united them all in a common objective, which formed the foundation of their continuing friendships. Even though his efforts were not successful in electing Democrats, Ryan nevertheless has no regrets whatsoever about his time on the campaign.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys swimming, hiking, cooking, playing tennis, writing creatively, reading historical biographies, and watching classic films. He is thrilled to join the Fusion team and share his enthusiasm for Spanish, history, and politics.