Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. is Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Post. Previously, he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Politico.
From 1989 until 1995, he served as Chief of Staff to former President Ronald Reagan. He was responsible for overseeing all of President Reagan’s activities including domestic and international issues, government relations, political affairs and public relations. He served as President Reagan’s personal representative in numerous meetings with Heads of State around the world, as well as leaders of the international business community.
From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Ryan served on the White House Staff, and was Assistant to the President of the United States, one of the youngest people ever to serve in such a position. His responsibilities in the White House included directing Presidential Appointments and Scheduling, where he was responsible for long-range strategic planning and communications strategy for the White House. He served on the 1984 Reagan/Bush re-election team.
Mr. Ryan also served as Director of the White House Private Sector Initiatives program where he was the President’s liaison to the American and international business communities. He conceived and directed the International Conference on Private Sector Initiatives (Paris, France 1986), the Italian-American Conference on Private Sector Initiatives (Milan and Venice, Italy 1987) and the British-American Conference on Private Sector Initiatives (London, England 1988). These unique gatherings included Chief Executive Officers of major international corporations, the Prime Ministers of France and England, the President of the United States and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Prior to joining the White House staff, Mr. Ryan was an attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Hill, Farrer & Burrill. While engaged in his practice, he published several articles on various aspects of the law. He is presently a member in good standing of the State Bar of California, the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Ryan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation and Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of The White House Historical Association, and serves as a Trustee on the Board of several other nonprofit organizations including, Ford’s Theatre, The National Museum of American History, and the Board of Councilors of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Ryan is the editor of Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of The Great Communicator, published by Harper Collins in 1995, and Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator, published by Harper Collins in 2001. He was Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed video of the Reagan Presidency, entitled “The Reagan Years.”
Mr. Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Speech Communication. He received his Juris Doctorate with an academic honor from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1980.