Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello - At-Large Position 8
Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello was elected to the Tacoma City Council in 2011. Born in Kailua, Hawaii, he moved to Tacoma in 1997 to attend the University of Puget Sound where he earned a degree in politics and government. He currently serves as the executive director of the Pierce Conservation District, where he leads a staff of conservation professionals working to improve water quality and habitat function for people, fish and wildlife, increase access to local, healthy food for all and improve sustainable agriculture practices. He fell in love with Tacoma as an AmeriCorps volunteer implementing the Youth United program at the United Way of Pierce County, producing the first-ever letter-in-community service program where high school students earn their varsity letter for exceptional community service.
Deputy Mayor Mello and his husband, Jerry, have three dogs and one cat. They live in Central Tacoma within walking distance of the 6th Avenue Business District. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, walking the dogs at local parks and in the neighborhood, home improvement projects and community service. He is most interested in ensuring basic services are delivered effectively, economic development is thriving and everyone in Tacoma who wants a job has a good paying job, that we have efficient transportation solutions for our lives and that our air, land and water is healthy for everyone to enjoy.