Before joining Blue Heron, Ryan worked in military intelligence and special operations where he learnt Modern Standard Arabic and Persian-Farsi. Ryan completed government internships in Utah and Massachusetts and was formerly a Qualitative Analyst for the social research firm Traverse. Ryan also has advanced training in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Ryan holds a BS in Political Science from Northeastern University where he graduated summa cum laude, was a recipient of the University’s Compass Award and an inductee the Huntington 100. Additionally, Ryan has dual-MSc degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Global Politics and Social Research Methods. Ryan grew up on both sides of the Atlantic and in his spare time enjoys painting, making fresh pasta and running.