Tricia Ryan

Chief Operating Officer/HR Director

Tricia is responsible for the overall operation of the organization and serves as the HR Director where her primary focus is to ensure a positive, supportive and inclusive culture where employees can thrive. She oversees the development and implementation of the agency's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan and employee engagement strategies. In addition to managing Human Resources, Tricia also oversees all operational functions, staff and departments including communications and community outreach, strategic planning, research and analysis, policy development, fiscal management, and IT. She also provides strategic support to our public-private Board of Directors and assists the Executive Director in cultivating and maintaining key stakeholder relationships. She has 20+ years of experience and joined Worksystems in 2007.

Tricia has a Master's in Urban Planning from Michigan State University and a Bachelor's of Science from Eastern Michigan University.  She became a Certified Economic Development Practitioner through the Michigan Economic Developers Association in 2000 and was elected President of the Association in 2004. Her past experience includes serving as the Executive Director of a Community Development Corporation, the Vice President of a Chamber of Commerce and most recently as the Director of the Economic Development Department at the Portland Development Commission. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Baker College.

Tricia spends her free time enjoying her country property with her husband and dog where they are frequently visited by black bear, coyote, bobcat, deer and eagles. She enjoys watching Mariners baseball, shooting pool, gardening and cooking (she makes a mean Cacciatore!).