Ryan is the Director of Investigative Research at Renaissance, leading the team that provides sophisticated research and analysis and exhaustive investigative due diligence findings in response to our client’s needs. Ryan has more than 15 years of experience as a highly accomplished public records investigator who has conducted due diligence, compliance reviews and asset, identity and background searches for highly sensitive government and corporate investigations. Ryan has completed thousands of investigations, ranging from concise background checks to year-long money laundering investigations on behalf of US Government and commercial clients.
Before joining Renaissance Associates, Ryan was an independent contractor completing investigations on behalf of business clients and developing and delivering comprehensive training programs for US Government and commercial clients. Prior to this Ryan spent ten years as an investigative research analyst with multiple defense and intelligence contracting firms in Washington, DC, conducting investigations on behalf of the US Intelligence Community, federal law enforcement, and US Special Operations Command. In these roles, Ryan was tasked with identifying potential threats to high-level government officials and intelligence programs and personnel. In a notable case, Ryan collaborated with forensic accountants to identify key nodes in an international terrorist and narcotics money laundering network that lead to sanctions against multiple entities and individuals. Ryan’s experience also includes significant time focused on the design, development, and oversight of a comprehensive due diligence program for a US Intelligence Community client.
Before his career in investigative research, Ryan completed assessments of key issues related to US national security for the Hudson Institute Center for Political and Military Analysis and worked in the Republic of Georgia supporting rule of law programs following the Rose Revolution.
Ryan holds a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Security and Intelligence Studies and an undergraduate degree from Colgate University where he majored in Peace and Conflict Studies and minored in Middle Eastern and Islamic Civilization Studies. Ryan holds expert-level certification in Social Media Intelligence.