From his full-time employment, to special projects, to previous internships, to volunteering work, Ryan feels that by getting involved in local government and campaigns that he will be able to help transform the polis and help bring about the right atmosphere for change to occur that will positively impact people's lives for years and decades to come.
Ryan currently works for the Borough of Roseland, NJ as their Public Information Officer and works often with different departments, the Borough Administrator, and the Mayor & Council.
In the past, Ryan had the opportunity to work for Bergen County Freeholder Maura DeNicola at the county government building at 1 Bergen County Plaza. Ryan answered constituent questions and requests, researched information for possible legislative action, and was responsible for communicating with municipal officials throughout Bergen County in order to gather data for the Freeholder.
Ryan also interned for his then-congressman, Rep. Scott Garrett, at his Glen Rock, NJ office during the summer of 2015. Ryan was one of just two interns chosen to work at the office for summer, answering constituent phone calls and assisting the District Director on a variety of different projects.
Ryan was also approved by the Oakland, NJ Borough Council in June 2017 to serve on the Borough's Communication Commission and has been unanimously chosen to serve as the Commission's Chairman every year since 2018.
Working With Government
Ryan has also worked with many in his municipality's local government as he worked tireless to bring a dog park in Oakland, and he himself is now involved within his local government as a member of the Oakland Communications Commission, starting in 2017. He has established a rapport with various Borough officials and employees in Oakland in his time serving as Chairman of the Communications Commission and is known for being polite, persistent, and ambitious to learn and to act to improve the Commission, and in turn, better the communication between the Borough government and the community.
Between Ryan's polling operation from 2010-2013 and his continued effort to get a dog park in Oakland, NJ, Ryan has maintained and grown relationships with members of the local government and has gotten a reputation for being responsible, involved, caring, and persistent. He is a frequent attender at Borough Council meetings and is respected by people of different political and ideological backgrounds as someone who is respectful and provides a different point of view.
Ryan was an intern for the New Jersey Republican State Committee back in 2013 making phone calls and occasionally going door-to-door to reach out to potential voters. Ryan was a consistent office leader in making phone calls, making approximately 6,100 calls over 22 work days.
Ryan has also helped on a few local and county campaigns as a volunteer and has made countless phone calls for candidates in phone banking efforts over the years. While not a frequent attendee of political fundraisers, Ryan does believe it is important to put money where it could be best spent, and is particular in which candidates and causes he chooses to support.
Ryan believes that the biggest impact government can have is at the local level and that everyone should really get involved if they want to see positive changes happen right where they are.
Ryan was involved in student government for many years running for and serving in a variety of different offices from class representative, senator, Secretary, and most recently, President of his Senate while attending Waynesburg University.
In high school, Ryan was involved 3 out of his 4 years on his class council with one of those years serving as his class Secretary. With Ryan's help, the class made many important decisions that helped the class raise additional funds, gain additional publicity, and made decisions in regards to important class events down the road.
In college, Ryan was involved with his University's Student Senate since first stepping foot onto campus serving as a club representative for a semester, a class senator for a year and a half, the Secretary his junior year, and as the Student Senate President during the 2016-2017 academic year - his senior year. Click here to go Ryan's campaign page when he ran for President to learn more about Ryan's student government accomplishments. You can also follow Ryan Schwertfeger on his official Facebook page here.