Tricia Ryan

Chief Operating Officer

Tricia is responsible for the overall operation of the organization and serves as lead for data and research, communications, human resources, organizational development, and assists the Executive Director in supporting the Workforce Development Board and managing external relationships. She has 20 years of experience and joined Worksystems in 2007.

Tricia has a Master's in Urban Planning with an emphasis on Economic Development from Michigan State University and a Bachelor's in Biology and Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University.  She became a Certified Economic Development Practitioner through the Michigan Economic Developers Association in 2000 and was elected President of the Association in 2004 (she was unable to serve due to moving to Oregon a month later).  Her past experience includes serving as the Executive Director of an Economic Development Corporation, the Vice President of a Chamber of Commerce and most recently as the Director of the Economic Development Department at the Portland Development Commission.  She has also served on the Board of Directors for Baker College.

Tricia spends her free time enjoying her country property with her husband and dog where they are frequently visited by black bear, coyote, bobcat, deer and eagles.  She enjoys watching Mariners baseball, shooting pool, gardening and cooking (she makes a mean Cacciatore!).