President, Sustainable Northwest Wood, Portland
Ryan is the founder of Sustainable Northwest Wood, a regional lumberyard that specializes in local and sustainably harvested wood products. For nearly 30 years, Ryan has been a leader in the ecological forestry movement with experience in forest management, wood products manufacturing and marketing. His current company puts into practice the philosophy that markets have the power to both protect forest ecosystems and provide meaningful development in rural communities. For the last 11 years, Sustainable Northwest Wood has been providing the green building community with locally and responsibly sourced lumber, plywood and finish materials. Prior to starting Sustainable Northwest Wood, Ryan directed community forestry initiatives for non-profit corporations such as Sustainable Northwest and The Forest Guild.