Ryan started his career as a teacher via Teach for America, and was a founding staff member of a Brooklyn charter school. After moving to New Orleans, he became a school administrator overseeing HR, including recruiting and hiring teachers. Working in HR revealed a lot about the financial lives of teachers, and that’s where the lightbulb went off: Too many people feel overwhelmed with their finances, always wondering if they're making mistakes. And too many people who want help are taken advantage of or shut out by our financial institutions. So Ryan changed careers, became a CFP® professional, and started Deliberate Finances. When not working, he's exploring New Orleans with his wife & young son, running or biking around the city, or watching way too many hours of tragic Minnesota sports teams.