About Ryan

Ryan Walters is an attorney, land use planner, and elected official passionate about government transparency, efficiency, and digitization.

As Assistant Director of the Skagit County planning department, Ryan leads a 30-person department as it updates the County's Comprehensive Plan, modernizes its development code, and transitions into performance management, digital records, online services, and social media.

A fifth-generation resident and Anacortes City Councilmember, Ryan has led the way to sustainable infrastructure spending, pushed for an all-new Comprehensive Plan, and spearheaded a complete rewrite of the City's land use and civil enforcement code.

From 2007-2016, Ryan served as deputy prosecuting attorney for Skagit County, providing legal advice to the county planning department and Board of County Commissioners, resolving the County's last remaining cases before the Growth Management Hearings Board, representing local hospitals in civil commitment hearings, and prosecuting a variety of misdemeanors.


  • Juris Doctorate
    University of California—Davis
  • Batchelor of Arts
    University of Rochester
    Political Science, French


  • American Planning Association
  • Skagit County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

Lived In

  • Anacortes, Washington
  • Davis, California
  • Rochester, New York
  • Washington, DC


  • Association of Washington Cities Certificate of Municipal Leadership, 2015
  • Skagit Land Trust Community Engagement Volunteer of the Year, 2015