Ryan Herring is in his second year of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program at The University of New Orleans, specializing in Housing and Economic Development. He is a student member of American Planning Association and Urban Land Institute. He currently works for the City of Slidell Planning Department as the Historic Preservation Officer, CRS coordinator, and a commercial and residential plan reviewer. Ryan is from Aurora Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where he gained an interest in public policy and governance as he earned a BA in Political Science. Ryan served active duty in the US Navy from 2014 to 2018 during which he deployed with the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He is currently a First Class Petty Officer in the US Navy Reserves through which he is training to qualify as a Meteorological forecaster.