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Christy Ryan, CPSM

I wanted to be a storm chaser when I grew up! I spent my summers as a child visiting family in Ohio and was always fascinated by the thrilling thunderstorms that rolled in. Watching these storms approach gave me a rush of adrenaline. My college advisor suggested that I start my career by getting a degree in physics or math. After some thought, I decided to pursue a degree in environmental science as it piqued my interest in the complexities and interconnectedness of the world around us.

After college, I spent a decade as a member of the environmental site characterization team at a national engineering firm. Though I enjoyed analyzing data and conducting fieldwork, I found myself gravitating toward connecting with clients and ensuring their needs were met. Eventually, I started representing the firm externally and took on more marketing responsibilities. Through the California Association of Environmental Professionals, I met one of the founding partners of a new firm, Ascent Environmental, who was looking for their first marketing professional. I took a leap and made marketing my primary role.

Over the past 12 years, I have enjoyed supporting Ascent’s growth from a small startup in Sacramento to a reputable firm serving clients across California and beyond. Though I’m not chasing storms, I’ve found a fulfilling profession where I can apply my environmental background, collaborate with colleagues, teaming partners, and clients, and even get an adrenaline rush from successfully meeting those tight proposal deadlines.

Marketing Director
Notable Projects

Ascent brand update and new website

Vantagepoint CRM implementation


BS, Environmental Science, Oregon State University



SMPS Sacramento

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