Ryan has over seven years of planning experience in both the public and private sectors. He enjoys working collaboratively across disciplines, incorporating technology into his work, and helping clients with project management, planning, and strategic permitting for large, complex development proposals.

His practice focuses on assisting property owners, real estate developers, State and local government agencies, and non-governmental organization (NGOs) identify risks and opportunities. Increasingly, Ryan uses geographic information systems (GIS) to collect, analyze, and leverage spatial information to help clients promote more resilient and sustainable communities.

Prior to Van Ness Feldman, Ryan worked for New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as a Director and Project Manager where he oversaw a 10-year $100m innovative transportation plan, worked closely with the City’s legal department on the development of new maritime and rail infrastructure, and managed the City’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program.

While in New York, Ryan also worked at VHB, a planning, design, and engineering consulting firm, helping public and private clients advance complex passenger and freight transportation planning projects, contributing to environmental assessments (EA) and environmental impact statements (EIS), writing Federal grant applications, and developing a web-based tool to identify sites for industrial developers during the site selection process.

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New York University M.S.,
Urban Planning - Environment, Infrastructure & Transportation Policy, 2013

Santa Clara University B.S., Political Science, 2006