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Ryan is the President & CEO of The Ruskin Group, a fourth generation family packaging company - founded in 1893, recognized as a world leader in sustainability and e-commerce packaging, and the first packaging company to be certified as an LGBT-owned business enterprise. In its plastics division, The Ruskin Group recently launched a suite of revolutionary products, including ECLIPSE which makes most plastic products truly biodegradable, leaving nothing behind. In 2015, Ryan assumed the role of non-executive chairman of MyEco, a sustainability education business he helped found that uses technology and innovative products to help consumers break disposable habits through education, positive reinforcement, social engagement and financial incentives. Previously, he was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney. Ryan currently serves on the boards of: Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Humanities Festival, Heartland Alliance, Duke of Edinburgh Award, and Shady Side Academy. Ryan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council of Princeton University, the immediate past president of The Wayfarer’s Club, and the second vice-chair of the Economic Club of Chicago. 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 is a member of the 2012 class of the Emerging Leaders Program of Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Young Presidents’ Organization, and Chief Executives Organization. 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 Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner. In 2015, Ryan was appointed and confirmed as a member of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission. Ryan is a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.