Ryan Cunningham was born in La Jolla, California and attended public school in La Jolla and Carmel Valley prior to graduating from Mira Mesa High School. His mother was a special education teacher in the San Diego Unified School District and his father a professor and men’s basketball coach at UCSD. In 2006, like so many, he fled California’s regressive agenda and relocated to San Antonio, Texas for the booming economy, low cost of living, and no state personal income tax. Ryan has served as a financial advisor and underwriter to municipalities throughout Texas and California, including many economically disadvantaged communities. His experience includes financing infrastructure projects for public-private partnerships, health care districts, school districts, cities, counties, utilities, and special districts; he has refinanced existing debt and lowered taxes. Mr. Cunningham has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative in Geneva, Switzerland in the fields of development and environmental finance: asset and liability management, portfolio decarbonization, green bonds, natural capital, energy efficiency, and responsible investing. Mr. Cunningham was a credit analyst for Latin American infrastructure and project finance transactions with an emphasis on cross-border transportation and energy projects in Peru, Argentina, and Mexico. He has worked in Mexico and across three different continents and is currently a public finance underwriter.
Mr. Cunningham holds an Associate of Arts from Palomar College in San Marcos, CA and a Bachelor of Science from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA; Mr. Cunningham was a member of both the men’s intercollegiate baseball and basketball teams at Palomar College and St. Vincent College. He earned a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in public finance and trade, along with a Master of Arts in Caribbean and Latin American Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. Mr. Cunningham completed his graduate studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile while interning for the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Cunningham has a certificate in Climate and Renewable Energy from Frankfurt (Germany) School of Banking and Management.
Mr. Cunningham is an advanced Spanish and an intermediate French speaker and has traveled extensively. He is an avid backpacker and camper, enjoying our nation’s greatest national parks and wildernesses.