Ryan is a Managing Director of Pallas Ventures, a private investment fund dedicated to growing dual-use technology companies. Over the last four years in the Army, where he served as the Undersecretary and then the 24th Secretary of the Army, Ryan led the most complex restructuring of the service since the 1980s. He, along with then-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark Milley, designed and implemented the new modernization strategy for the service focused on the ‘Big 6’ priorities and also created Army Futures Command to rapidly adopt disruptive technologies. Ryan's previous government service included working directly for Secretary of Defense Bob Gates during the Bush and Obama Administrations, as well as time on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ryan served in combat with the 75th Ranger Regiment during the invasion of Afghanistan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.