Ryan Matthews - Board Member

Ryan Matthews joined Peebles & Smith, which became Peebles, Smith & Matthews, in July of 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Ryan served in Governor Scott’s administration as the Interim Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection. Overall, Ryan served at DEP for two years as: Director of the Office of Water Policy; Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs; and ultimately Interim Secretary. As Director of the Office of Water Policy, Ryan was charged with supervising the five water management districts and implementing statewide water policy pertaining to public, agricultural, industrial, and alternative water supply. As Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, Ryan was tasked with overseeing the Department’s Air, Water and Waste Programs, which issue roughly 22,000 permits per year, as well as the Department’s six district offices. As Secretary, Ryan led a 3,300-person agency with a $1.6 billion-dollar budget.

Prior to working at DEP, Ryan was with the Florida League of Cities for five years, serving both as Assistant General Counsel and Associate Director of Legislative Affairs. While at the League of Cities Ryan worked on municipal issues such as: growth management; transportation; constitutional issues; water quality & quantity; wastewater; general utilities among others. Ryan received his J.D. from the Florida Coastal School of Law and an L.L.M. in Environmental Law from the University of Denver. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife and two children.
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