Ryan Bizzarro has always dedicated himself to the people of Northwestern PA. Born in Erie, he holds two degrees from Edinboro University, and then went on to work for the Office of the Erie County District Attorney and the Crime Victim Center, where he worked with the attorneys to streamline processes and assist the victims as well as possible.
Ryan then worked as a behavioral health specialist at McKinley Elementary School. There, he created initiatives to combat issues such as bullying, and worked to create an open dialogue among students and staff. He also worked with state and local social service to address darker problems such as child abuse and neglect.
As Ryan spent more time in the classroom, he noticed that students were particularly interested in community engagement. He brought the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters into the school, and MES saw a drastic reduction in behavioral problems.
Since 2008, Ryan has been active in politics, coordinating events for state and local races, and serving as a liaison between national and local field offices for the Hillary Clinton campaign. In 2010, he became the youngest vice-chairman elected to the Erie County Democratic Party, and then directed the campaigns of Representative Hornaman’s re-election and Erie City Councilman Bob Merski, Jr.
Ryan serves as a board member for Northwestern Pennsylvania Big Brothers Big Sisters and was recently appointed to the Erie County Industrial Development Authority, a municipal authority formed by Erie County government to help existing firms expand and to attract new firms to the Erie area. He is a committee member of the Erie County Truancy Task Force and co-chairman of the Young Erie Professionals civic engagement committee. Ryan is a former vice-chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party, the youngest to ever be elected for the position.
In 2016, Ryan was elected to the State House. He is now seeking a second term and will continue to serve Pennsylvanians with dedication.