Laura Ryan is a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. She was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott on July 11, 2016, to fill a vacancy; reappointed March 2, 2017; and confirmed by the Senate on April 19, 2017, for a six-year term. Ryan is President & Founder of GX2 Partners, a leadership and strategy consulting firm. Ryan has spent most of her 25+ year corporate career in executive level and c-suite positions for a broad range of professional industries providing leadership experience in both B2B and B2C businesses. Her diverse experience comes from working with OEMs, such as Nissan and Toyota, retail dealer groups with international ownership, financial services companies, and innovative start-ups looking to enter new industries. Her business experience has focused on all size companies, domestic and international, and a wide breath of responsibilities. In her previous public service role, Ryan was chair of the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, where she represented the vehicle manufacturing and distribution industry. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Child Advocates – Houston. Child Advocates recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who provide a voice for children in foster care by providing lifesaving advocacy that helps abused and neglected children exit foster care to a safe, permanent home. Ryan is an avid learner and student of both business and leadership. She attended Penn State University and executive education programs at University of Texas – McCombs Business School and Columbia University Business School. She is married with two children and lives in Cypress, TX.