Hello residents of Redlands! My name is Ryan Johnson and I was born and raised in Southern California. As a child and through my adolescence, I had the privilege of living in many Southern California communities such as Tustin, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Corona, Wildomar, Murrieta, Temecula and Redlands. Having moved a lot in my life, I never felt the sense of “home” until I moved to the City of Redlands in 1999. I was immediately drawn in by the history of the city, established and well rounded community, historical buildings, Victorian homes and beautiful parks.
I am a graduate of Redlands East Valley High School, Crafton Hills College, California State University San Bernardino and the University of Redlands, School of Business where I earned my Master of Arts in Management. While in college, I started working part time with my father, helping him run his construction contracting business. In 2005, I decided to start my own contracting business and obtained my California Contractors License. I acquired valuable knowledge and experience operating a successful small business. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Administration, I accepted a position with Akzo Nobel Incorporated, a Fortune 500 Company. My position as a Regional Trainer and Outside Sales Representative enabled me to increase my networking skills, and I was honored to represent the corporation as a member of the City of Fontana Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, I ventured into the funeral service profession, where I worked as a Funeral Arrangement Counselor, helping grieving families make final arrangements for their loved ones. I obtained my State of California Funeral Director License and I assisted in managing the mortuary where I was employed. This position taught me how to multi-task and meet stringent deadlines. Being a Funeral Director grew my desire to be in the service of others.
In 2012, I proudly accepted the position of Business Taxes Representative with the State of California Board of Equalization (BOE). During my tenure at the BOE, I further strengthened my communication, customer service, and public speaking skills through my daily communication and outreach events with California tax payers, business owners and tax professionals. After a brief tenure with the Franchise Tax Board, I accepted a promotion with the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). As a Benefits Specialist with CalSTRS, my time is spent conducting individual and group retirement sessions with retiring California educators. What I enjoy most about my current position at CalSTRS is facilitating outreach events throughout the Inland Empire.
Serving California residents is not only a career for me; it is my passion and has led me to volunteer within the City of Redlands. Since 2015, I am was appointed by the Redlands City Council as a Commissioner to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, where I have worked with the public and city staff on proposed improvement projects for city parks, open spaces and city community centers. Throughout my time as a commissioner, I have taken a special interest on the proposed Redlands Skate Park. I have had ongoing communication with fundraising organizations such as Friends of Redlands Skate Park, and have attended several of their fundraising events. In 2017 my fellow commissioners voted me in as Vice-Chair of the Commission. As part of my duties, I publically present the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission’s accomplishments to the City Council on an annual basis.
Additionally in 2016, Friends of Prospect Park (FOPP), invited and voted me in as a Member of their Board of Directors. It is a pleasure to join such an incredible group of individuals in their effort and partnership with the City of Redlands to maintain and improve the natural beauty of Historic Prospect Park. Last year, I was voted in to hold the office of Secretary. I have participated in the 2017 Redlands Christmas Parade and diligently working with the organization and the City of Redlands staff to promote FOPP’s 50 Year Golden Jubilee Celebration for Prospect Park in June 2018.
I am married to my loving and beautiful wife, Helen, who is an 8th grade history teacher. Helen and I enjoy walking our dog Spottie throughout many of Redlands’ parks and trails. My hobbies consist of boating, cycling, hiking, riding motorcycles, working on home improvement projects, and spending time with family and friends. On weekends, I enjoy a good cup of coffee from our downtown coffee shops, and can relax with a nice cigar or glass of whiskey from the local distillery and cigar lounge. My home is Redlands and I enjoy being here.