Advisory Board Biography
President & COO
The Ruskin Group
The Ruskin Group is a 123-year-old family packaging company founded by Ryan’s great grandfather. It is recognized as a world leader in sustainability and e-commerce packaging, and consists of three business units. Ryan was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney, with a practice focused on supply chain and manufacturing strategies. He was an early employee and executive with The Princeton Review where he helped develop their curriculum for most of their graduate school programs.
Ryan is the immediate past president of the Princeton Club of Chicago and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University. He is also the chairman of President’s Leadership Council and a trustee of the Field Museum of Natural History; and on the membership committee of the Economic Club of Chicago. Ryan is an active member of the boards of: Chicago Botanic Garden, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Humanities Festival, and Heartland Alliance. Previous leadership roles include: board chair of Vital Bridges, founding board member of the Chicago Symphony Associates, founding member of the Chicago 2016 Alliance, advisory board member of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
Ryan earned a B.A. in History and American Studies from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and an M.E.M. from its McCormick School of Engineering. He was chosen by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a member of the 2010-2012 Emerging Leaders Program. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and a member of the 2013 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. Ryan was a member of the speechwriting team for the 1988 Republican National Convention and continues to be active in local and national politics, most recently serving as a Transition Co-Chair for Governor-elect Bruce Rauner.