Ryan F. O'Toole

Government Relations Manager


Ryan O’Toole assists clients by representing their interests before the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Governor’s Office, and numerous state agencies, providing insight on Virginia’s political process. He is practiced in developing advocacy strategies that activate grassroots coalitions and engage both business communities and the public sector.  

Ryan previously served as a policy advisor to Governor Terence R. McAuliffe, advancing the Governor’s agenda on policy issues relating to energy, including solar and wind, utilities, energy efficiency, climate resiliency, and economic development. Prior to his work in Commerce and Trade, Ryan served as Governor McAuliffe’s Deputy Director of Scheduling, planning and executing the Governor’s engagement with stakeholder groups and developing programming to advance his policy agenda. He also managed the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, drafting executive orders and legislation and working with stakeholders from the education, business, technology, and startup communities to support and foster entrepreneurship and innovation across Virginia.  

Outside his record of public service, Ryan also has a strong background in business development, grassroots campaigns, and coalition building. Having served on President Obama’s reelection campaign in Virginia and Governor McAuliffe’s 2013 campaign, he later worked as Regional Field Director for Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws and as Director of Market Development for 1776, a global innovation network connecting startups, governments, and corporations.

Professional Affiliations

  • International City/County Management Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Virginia Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation, Board Member
  • Virginia21, Young Professionals Advisory Council