Ryan Brown

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown is the Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. An avid hunter, angler, and outdoorsman, he grew up on a family farm in Fluvanna County, and his career has kept him close to his roots in Virginia’s natural resources and open spaces. He previously served as the agency’s Legislative Director. Over the course of his career, Ryan has also represented Virginia’s natural resource agencies with the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, as well as working directly with other Virginia natural resource agencies. During his tenure, he has led the renaming of the agency to enhance marketing and public outreach efforts, directed and overseen significant improvements in the agency’s law enforcement division, led efforts to conserve Virginia’s largest migratory seabird colony, and assisted with the development of Virginia’s first elk hunting regulations, among other efforts. He currently serves as Chair of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Legal Committee and is on the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Ryan graduated magna cum laude from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he was a John Marshall Scholar, and a Robert Merhige Fellow of Environmental Law, and received his B.A. from the University of Virginia. He lives in Goochland County, Virginia, with his daughter Elaina.