Ryan joined the Massachusetts AFL-CIO in 2023, serving as the Executive Director of Climate Jobs Massachusetts, a newly-formed coalition aiming to unite labor organizations around climate issues and ensure that union jobs are created and protected in our transition to a clean energy economy.
Prior to his current role, Ryan served as the Staff Director of the New England Joint Board
UNITE HERE, where he led a team of Business Agents and administered more than 60 union contracts. There, Ryan negotiated more than 20 collective bargaining agreements in two years, including the first ever CBAs for cafe workers in New England and the inaugural CBA for the dining hall workers at Clark University in Worcester.
Before that, he represented unions as an attorney at Sandulli Grace in Boston, where he
litigated arbitrations and unfair labor practice cases. Ryan earned his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 2017, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Boston College. He is a fifth-generation union member, having been raised by a fourth-generation union plumber and a second-generation union teacher outside of New York City. He currently lives in Somerville.