Ryan A. Brown was born in Kansas City and raised in California. His first job in the computer industry began at the age of eleven, building and repairing personal computers for a local store in Santa Barbara, California. In 1993 he began a computer and Internet consulting firm and started the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Santa Barbara.
Ryan went on to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a BS in Computer Science with departmental and school honors and a BA in Spanish in 2000. Ryan is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon and the ACM, and won awards for undergraduate research and teaching. Continuing at Johns Hopkins, he received a Masters of Science and Engineering in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins in May of 2002.
After completing his Computer Science studies, Ryan went on to earn a Juris Doctorate Magna Cum Laude in December of 2006 from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.
Ryan is active in the Arlington County Bar Association and has volunteered for several pro-bono projects in Northern Virginia including Wills for Heroes which provides free wills and estate planning documents to first responders (police, sheriff, fire & paramedics). Ryan teaches an annual Continuing Legal Education class with Professor John L. Costello at George Mason University School of Law and occasionally guest lectures at the law school.