Governor Ron DeSantis today announced the appointment of Ryan Petty to the State Board of Education.
Petty, of Parkland, is the senior vice president of business-to-business products for Cable & Wireless Communications. Previously, he was vice president of product development and innovation at ADT, Inc. In honor of his daughter, Alaina, who was killed in 2017 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he has worked to improve school safety in Broward County and across the country. In 2018, he was appointed to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission which was formed to analyze information from the school shooting and other mass violence incidents in the state and address recommendations and system improvements. Furthermore, he founded The WalkUp Foundation, a non-profit working to prevent the causes of violence in school through advocacy and intervention. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems from Brigham Young University. He is appointed to a four-year term.
This appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.