Ryan was raised in Boise, Idaho. He served a Spanish-speaking mission in Houston, Texas. Upon graduation from Brigham Young University in Facilities Management, Ryan began what has become a 20-year career with the Church in various facilities management capacities, with an emphasis on higher education and corporate office environments. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from BYU. In his spare time, Ryan sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and enjoys home improvement on his Sandy, Utah residence.