Term: 2016 – 2018
P.O. Box 3366
WPB, FL 33402
Phone: (561) 822-1390
Fax: (561) 822-1399
Paula Ryan, currently serving as President of the West Palm Beach City Commission, has been a Commissioner since March 2015.
Although serving on the City Commission is a part-time position, she dedicates all her time for the benefit of her constituents. This includes includes sitting on the boards of the following government bodies:
The CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency), the Palm Beach County Water Resource Task Force, the Impact Fee Review Committee, the Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, the Golf Commission and its Advisory Board. In addition, she currently serves as the Commission liaison to the City’s Education Advisory Board, the Sustainability Advisory Board, the Historic Northwest Salvation Army Community Center and the Historic Northwest Community Consortium.
Commissioner Ryan has been a resident of Palm Beach County since 1993 and is a business professional with over 30 years’ experience in investment banking, real estate development and municipal finance.
Prior to public service, she served as president of her neighborhood association and was a member of Palm Beach County’s Planning Commission and the Commission on Affordable Housing. Commissioner Ryan is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County and has served on numerous community boards dedicated to improving the lives of all the residents of West Palm Beach.
Since 1989 Commissioner Ryan 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, and built her own successful real estate development company.
Since graduating from the University of Maryland with degrees in Economics and Finance, Commissioner Ryan has dedicated her professional life to helping expand economic opportunities for all. As an investment banker she’s completed many complex financial transactions that utilize both private and public resources and has built partnerships with government agencies and private industry.
Having grown up in a large military family living on military installations around the world, Commissioner Ryan has a strong commitment to her community. She’s married to Clifford Hertz and they have four children and five grandchildren.
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