Current Passion Project: Establishing the Global Brain Data Foundation, a neurodata repository, standards body, and educational charity focused on fostering the growth of the neurotechnology industry in a manner that supports human flourishing and data empowerment.
Current Reads: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (Jonathan Haidt)
Current Mantra: Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.”
Rooted in Paris and Washington, DC, Ryan specializes in formulating and engaging multi-market strategic initiatives around regulatory and social licenses to operate that reflect the client's corporate ethos while also responding to the needs of the public and policymakers.
With a background negotiating policy for tech companies, she works with clients to identify international policy trends and their impact on companies increasingly reliant on technology for the growth and preservation of their market-share. She takes an international view on every matter she handles, constantly sourcing different data points pertaining to the need for and potential impact of an initiative at different community levels. Understanding these trends and their impact on communities are key to protecting regulatory and social licenses to operate, both of which are core to the long-term viability of a company.
Ryan has worked with startups looking to enter a new market, venture capital funds seeking to understand the impact of policy on their investments, and established companies of all sizes facing regulatory threats to their business operations.
With a passion for emerging technologies changing the market and our daily lives, she has a personal interest in the growth of the neurotechnology industry. Neurodata has the potential to address the most systemic problems facing individuals and society today, but it is also vulnerable to abuse. Ryan is currently working with a group of similarly minded individuals to ensure the subsector's growth in a manner that enables individual data empowerment and human flourishing.
Prior to Canary, Ryan served as: Principal at the Franklin Square Group, a bipartisan boutique firm (Washington DC.) specializing in technology issues; Director of Government Relations to the Intel Corporation; Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Counsel for the Full Committee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee under the Leadership of Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Spector (PA) respectively.
She is a member of the Virginia State Bar and holds a J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law and B.A. in Philosophy and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University.
She currently serves as the Vice President of Communications for the American Women's Group of Paris, curator for the Transformative Technology Academy, and a member of Aspen Institute's Vanguard Society of Fellows and National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC and Paris Chapters). She is passionate about matters related to brain health - from understanding the nature of trauma to research into degenerative illnesses. She co-founded a US National charity fundraising event, RivALZ / BvB: Tackling Alzheimer's, for and served on the board of the Alzheimer's Association (National Capital Area).
When not thinking about tech policy or volunteering, Ryan is likely traveling having visited 43 (and counting) countries and 5 continents to date.