Paula Ryan has been a resident of Palm Beach County since 1993. She is a business professional with over 30 years’ experience in investment banking, real estate development and municipal finance. She has been a City Commissioner for 3 years and currently serves as the Commission President.
Prior to public service, Commissioner Ryan served as President of her neighborhood association and was a member of Palm Beach County’s Planning Commission and the Commission on Affordable Housing. She is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County and has served on numerous community boards dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of West Palm Beach.
Since 1989, Paula has been engaged in the development, acquisition and asset management of over 10,000 units of affordable housing for two national syndication firms where she served as President and Development Director, respectively. She also built her own successful real estate development company. As an investment banker, she has completed many complex financial transactions that utilize both private and public resources and has been instrumental in building partnerships with government agencies and private industry.
Since graduating from the University of Maryland with degrees in economics and finance, Paula has dedicated her professional life to helping expand economic opportunities for all. Commissioner Ryan currently sits on the Palm Beach County Water Resource Task Force, Impact Fee Review Committee, the Transportation Planning Agency and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. In addition, she is currently the liaison to the City’s Education Advisory Board, the Historic Northwest Salvation Army Community Center and the Historic Northwest Community Consortium.
Having grown up in a large military family living on military installations around the world, Paula has a strong commitment to her community. Although the City Commission position is a part-time position, she dedicates all her time for the benefit of her constituents. Commissioner Ryan is married to Clifford Hertz and they have four children and 5 grandchildren.