Senior Director of Government Affairs/Lobbyist
📞 (860) 614-4110
“At age 22, Ryan was called Mayor by the city of Torrington.”
Ryan first rose to prominence in 2005 when he became the youngest elected mayor in Connecticut’s history. From that day forward he has established himself as a proven, tireless leader who knows how to build consensus and grow meaningful, valuable relationships across the board. Ryan’s unique skillset makes him adept at crafting win-win deals which benefit all parties involved, and his public/private sector experience enables him to create innovative, winning solutions for any issue.
After making history when elected Mayor of Torrington in 2005, Ryan served three highly successful terms. During that time he established himself as one of the rising stars on Connecticut’s political landscape, leveraging public-private partnerships and understanding the science and art of managing a $70 million+ municipal government enterprise. Following his tenure as Mayor, he worked in corporate and government relations at a leading Connecticut environmental management company.
As Senior Director of Government Affairs at S&L, Ryan focuses on lobbying state and municipal leaders on behalf of clients in the energy, environment and government administration sectors, as well as expanding opportunities for client growth within Connecticut’s borders.
Ryan holds a BA degree in Political Science from Marist College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He has been honored with Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40” Award and also received Marist College’s Distinguished Alumni Medal.
• An accomplished leader and consensus builder who is able to bring various competing stakeholders together to resolve problems.
• Successfully led a complex lobbying campaign to protect the Connecticut recycling industry from potentially harmful and costly legislation.
• Secured the successful entry into market of an innovative health care facility, working at both the local and state level in Connecticut.
• Worked with numerous clients to increase market share at the local level through a statewide network of municipal contacts.
In addition to his eight years as Mayor of Torrington, Ryan was past president and continues to work with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. He is the founding board member of the National Community Leaders of America Organization, a board member of the Torrington Police Athletic League, a board member of the CT Main Street Center and a past chairman of the American Cancer Society Northwest Connecticut Gala. He also serves as a board member for the CCARC Impact Team, an organization serving people with disabilities. He resides in New Hartford with his wife Jennifer and two children, Blake and Ellie, whom he considers his greatest accomplishments of all.
WHY WE ARE HERE…
“My passion is working with a variety of clients from different industries, ranging from cities to the private sector to the not-for-profit world. It’s all about finding wins for the client, and Sullivan & LeShane gives me the opportunity to do that on a daily basis.”