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The Woods Academy

Where curiosity and confidence thrive.
Inspiring My Enthusiasm and Setting Me on My Current Path
John Ryan (2001)

In Washington, D.C., there are always new issues to master, and new situations to respond to. I try to live my life by holding firm to my principles in the face of new challenges while remaining humble enough to reexamine my views and admit when I am wrong if new information comes along that casts doubt on my beliefs. I believe that is the creative push & pull that opens a person to beneficial growth.

My time at The Woods Academy and my Catholic high school instilled in me the desire to be a man for others. That is partly why I have chosen to embark upon a life of public service – to serve my country, and the people within, to the best of my ability. My faith is also a daily reminder that it is not sufficient to merely do good works through my chosen profession, but that I should also strive to treat those around me with honesty, compassion and kindness.

I currently serve as the Democratic Deputy Chief Counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where I handle, among other issues: treaties, State Department and ambassadorial nominations, legislation, and any ethics issues that come before the Committee. I credit Mr. Maloney and Mrs. Piwko’s classes with inspiring my enthusiasm for American history, government, and literature, and for setting me on my current path.