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State Board Member Ryan Petty

Ryan Petty is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive with over 25 years in the telecom, media & technology industries, including as co-founder of Myrio, as a senior executive with Siemens and Nokia, Senior Vice President of B2B Solutions with Liberty Latin America’s Cable & Wireless subsidiary in Coral Gables, and as the Vice President of Product Development and Innovation at ADT in Boca Raton. 

Ryan lost his daughter Alaina in the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s day 2018. Alaina was one of 17 students and teachers killed. Since the tragedy that took their daughter, Ryan and his wife Kelly have been actively involved in the public policy arena as advocates for improving school safety, through early identification, and intervention of potential threats.

Ryan was appointed in March 2018 by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission. Ryan was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida State Board of Education in January of 2020. Ryan is also a board member of Stand With Parkland and is the co-founder of The WalkUp Foundation (

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