Ryan Petty
Ryan Petty in Parkland. Photo by Sharon Aron Baron.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Ryan Petty to the State Board of Education on Tuesday.

Petty, is the senior vice president of business-to-business products for Cable & Wireless Communications. Previously, he was vice president of product development and innovation at ADT, Inc. In honor of his daughter, Alaina, who was killed in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he has worked to improve school safety in Broward County and across the country.

In 2018, he was appointed to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which was formed to analyze information from the school shooting and other mass violence incidents in the state and address recommendations and system improvements.

Furthermore, he founded The WalkUp Foundation, a non-profit working to prevent the causes of violence in school through advocacy and intervention.

In 2018, Petty ran for Broward County School Board at-Large but was defeated by incumbent Donna Korn.

Petty, who lives in Parkland, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems from Brigham Young University. He is appointed to a four-year term.

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