After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in nuclear engineering, Ryan began his career at Bettis Laboratory in Pittsburgh, supporting operations and refueling of US Navy aircraft carriers. From there, he accepted an analysis and engineering position with the Department of Defense in Washington, DC where he has remained for five years. Ryan volunteers as an EMT with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad where he spends at least one night a week responding to medical emergencies. He was also elected Secretary of the Rescue Squad's Board of Directors, taking on additional leadership and administrative responsibilities which keep the life-saving organization moving forward. Ryan met and married his husband Matthew, a US Navy Lieutenant, in DC where they are excited to have recently bought a home together.