A brief overview of Matt Ryan's Political Service

Matt Ryan is a 6th term member of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. He has served as its Chairman six times.

Why Matt Wants to Stay Involved

It takes time to make things happen in government. Matt is hoping you will re-elect him so that he can continue working on the vision he has for the County as well as the dreams that have been shared by you, members of the community.

Brief Bio

  • Representing you for my 23rd year on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors
    Married 40 years to Theresa
    Three grown children with their growing families
  • Ed. B.S. from NAU Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry Certification: Secondary Ed.
  • Military: USMC
  • Hobbies: Gardening, running, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing

Measurable Results

Long-term goals reached.


Adapt to the needs over time.

Consensus Builder

Patience is a hallmark.

Why am I running for office?

I believe each day we have a choice to contribute or not. I chose to contribute. Coconino County is well respected in our state for creating innovative solutions for needs in our communities. Part of our success is because the Board of Supervisors uses systematic approaches, utilizing people so their unique skill sets thrive, allowing innovation while seeking efficiencies. I support these efforts so we gradually build better, more effective programs. While we may not fix the world, we have begun to build model programs in our county’s justice system. We address the needs of transportation, emergency services, seniors, and our marginalized citizens. We use wise fiscal management to accomplish goals. I believe humans are part of an ecosystem. Therefore I believe in wise land planning using participatory processes that focus on protecting our resources when needing to select the most appropriate places for how and where growth occurs. I sincerely enjoy working with the natural and cultural landscape of our communities and region. I find so many positive qualities in our communities. I wish to continue using my 23+ years of experience to further support and improve the systems that make Coconino County such a special place to live.

Expanded Bio

  • Years lived in Arizona: 34
  • Current city or community of residence: Mountain Dell (Flagstaff)
  • Education: B.S Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Certification in Secondary Education, NAU, 1985
  • Occupation: Coconino County Supervisor, District 3; Ackses~Trails, Sole Proprietor, (recreation trail maps) established in 1993
  • Current Appointments:
    • Arizona’s Military Affairs Commission (Governor’s appointment – Current member)
    • Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Policy Committee (coordinating planning with Naval Observatory and Camp Navajo)
    • Northern Arizona Military Advisory Committee (Technical Advisory Committee)
    • National Association of Counties (NACO) Transportation Steering Committee (current member)
      • Mass transit and rail subcommittee (served as vice chair, current member)
      • Ports subcommittee (current member)
      • Airports subcommittee (current member)
      • Surface Transportation subcommittee (current member)
    • MetroPlan (formerly Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization, FMPO) (Served as Chair and Vice-Chair multiples times, Current member)
    • Rural Transportation Advocacy Council (RTAC) (Vice-Chair, Current member; Served as Chair)
    • NACOG Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) (Vice Chair, Current Member)
    • Mountain Line (formerly Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, NAIPTA) (Served as Chair, Currently serve as alternate)
    • County Supervisors’ Association (Board's designated representative on the Legislative Policy Committee; served as President, Past President, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Vice President, member of the Executive Board from 2003-2008, Current member)
    • Sedona-Oak Creek Chambers of Commerce (Current member)
    • Northern Arizona University’s Centennial Forest Advisory Committee (Current member)
  • Former Appointments:
    • Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Policy Committee, Chair (coordinating planning with Naval Observatory and Camp Navajo)
    • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, CJCC
    • Northern Arizona Council of Governments Regional Council, NACOG (Served as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer)
    • Board of Directors for the National Association of Counties
    • Framework Policy Committee for “Building a Quality Arizona”
    • State Highway 179 Executive Committee
    • Coconino County Board of Health
    • Sedona Road Runner Transit System Planning Advisory Committee
    • Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership (served on executive board)
    • Williams Chambers of Commerce
    • Oak Creek Task Force (Now called Oak Creek Watershed Council)
    • Cocopai Resource, Conservation and Development Council
    • Coconino County Council on Aging Committee
    • Alliance Policy Board
    • Coconino Community College Small Business Development Center
    • Rural Fuels Conservation and Management Project
    • Fort Tuthill Master Plan Committee (as citizen, pre-election)
    • Open Spaces and Greenways Subcommittee, Flagstaff Regional Plan (as a citizen, pre-election)
    • Mountain Dell Ridge HOA (served as president)
    • Mountain Dell HOA (served as vice president)
  • Previous work in the private sector:
    • Entrepreneur: in 1993, I started a small recreation trail map business that my wife still operates today.
    • Educator
    • Freelance writer (Naturalist and recreation trail articles)
    • Home School teacher
    • Senior Technical Operator/Utility Operator in biotech plant in the San Francisco Bay area
    • Forestry Technician/Forestry Aid, USFS in Coconino National Forest
    • Ski Technician at Arizona Snowbowl
    • House Parent, University Home Services
    • Biological Aid, USFS in Northeastern Forest Experimental Station
    • Manager, Progressive Pool Management
    • USMC
  • Married 40+ years to Theresa Stacy-Ryan Children and their families:
    • Sean (NAU Center for Science Teaching and Learning); wife Rebekah (Schmidt) Ryan (teacher at DeMiguel); children Ava, Jovie, and Emmett
    • Tess (homemaker); husband Eduardo Abreu (Goserco); children Luisa, Daniel, Naymar, Finnian, and Donovan
    • Gered (teacher at BASIS-Flagstaff)
  • Hobbies/Interests: Gardening! exploring the forest running, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing