Enterprise Director, MAD
As MAD’s enterprise director, Ryan Church oversees a nationally recognized management consulting group that provides customized services to public service clients and helps state government work more effectively. Ryan joined MAD as enterprise director in January 2018. From 2001 to 2008, he was a senior management consultant at MAD.
Ryan has over 30 years of professional and executive leadership experience in Minnesota government, including gubernatorial appointments under governors Pawlenty and Dayton. He has served as a trusted advisor to most cabinet-level commissioners and many agency heads, boards, commissions, and councils. Ryan served as deputy commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Revenue for three years, beginning in 2015, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of an agency with 1,500 employees and over $20 billion in annual revenue. For the previous seven years, he served as acting commissioner, deputy commissioner, and assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Administration. These roles included special assignments at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter and the Olmstead Plan Implementation Office. His other management roles include director of the state’s Risk Management program, director of the Community Health Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Health, and public health director for Rice County.
Ryan is a collaborative leader with a strong reputation for working effectively across sectors on a wide spectrum of policy and operational areas. He uses a mix of analytical and facilitative leadership skills to help clients assess complex situations, develop practical strategies, and achieve their goals. For instance, in his role at the St. Peter Security Hospital, Ryan worked with leadership to help them meet new and challenging licensing standards and reorganize the delivery of services to residents. In his role as director of Risk Management, Ryan led the merger of divisions from two state agencies and the successful implementation of an integrated risk management information system.
Ryan holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Metropolitan State University.