Laura Ryan is a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. She was appointed commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott on July 11, 2016, for a term set to expire on Feb. 1, 2017.
Ryan is vice president of market representation and dealer development for Gulf States Toyota in Houston. She previously served as chair of the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). During her tenure at TxDMV, Ryan initiated many processes to make the department more innovative, customer-oriented and efficient.
She has held many executive positions during her more than twenty years in the automotive industry, including at both manufacturing and retail operations.
Ryan is involved with her community through several volunteer and charity organizations, including Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Operation Interdependence and the National Charity League.
She attended Penn State University and has been engaged in executive education programs Gallup Organization Strengths Training, University of Texas Future Leaders and the Columbia University Finance Program.