Ryan is a freelance photographer specializing in editorial and portraiture. With over 14 years experience in photography, his work has been published in Comstock’s, Sacramento Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. Ryan also serves as an adjunct instructor for the photo department at Sacramento City College. He specializes in lifestyle, commercial, travel and documentary-style portraiture. Born in the Philippines, Ryan grew up in Texas and moved to Sacramento in 2004. For more, visit www.ryanangelstudio.com.
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A New Era for Roseville’s Placer County Fairgrounds
Comstock’s spoke to Charlie Gardner, general manager of @the Grounds in Roseville, about new facilities on the renovated fairgrounds, including the $34 million Roebbelen Center.
Closing the Power Gap
Black Star Fund CEO and Chairman Kwame Anku on the importance of investing in Black entrepreneurs
Comstock’s spoke to Anku about his fund (which plans to close at $12 million in May) and the importance of investing in Black entrepreneurs.
For Art’s Sake
CLARA Executive Director Megan Wygant on how her nonprofit has continued to support arts organizations and provide arts education during the pandemic
“One of the things that has been so interesting about the pandemic is … seeing the way in which our tenants have risen to the challenge,” Wygant says.
A Catalyst for Cures
StemExpress founder and CEO Cate Dyer on how her company accelerates medical advancements
Comstock’s spoke to Dyer about her company’s function as an accelerator of medical advancement.
Leading With Energy
SMUD CEO and General Manager Paul Lau on reaching zero carbon emissions by 2030
Comstock’s spoke to Lau about leading the country’s sixth-largest community-owned electric utility and about his plan to reach zero carbon emissions within 10 years.
The ‘95630 Experience’
Folsom City Manager Elaine Andersen on the city’s growing opportunities and small-town feel
Comstock’s spoke to Andersen about the Folsom Plan Area, which will add housing, schools, parks, and commercial and office buildings, and bring in an estimated 25,000 new residents.
Clear Vision for the Future
VSP Global President and CEO Michael Guyette on overseeing the nation’s only not-for-profit vision benefits company
Michael Guyette became president and CEO of VSP Global, based in Rancho Cordova, in 2018. Comstock’s spoke to Guyette about leading the 65-year-old organization.
Crossing the Finish Line
Saint John’s Program for Real Change CEO Julie Hirota on helping women and children
Comstock’s spoke to Hirota about leading the organization, which has helped more than 30,000 women and children during its 35-year history.
Laying the Groundwork
A widespread effort to achieve environmental justice in Sacramento is gaining momentum
Proponents say environmental justice efforts will only be successful if they are inclusive and equitable.
Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Cathy Rodriguez Aguirre on the resiliency of the Latino business community
Comstock’s spoke with Rodriguez Aguirre about SHCC and how it has worked to meet the needs of its members during the pandemic.
Positive Signs in Trying Times
University of the Pacific President Christopher Callahan on leading an educational institution during an unprecedented time
Christopher Callahan, who became president July 1, is overseeing the institution’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sacramento Observer President and Publisher Larry Lee on the media and its role in the community
Comstock’s spoke with Lee about his company’s role in the Black community and in advocating for a better future.
Fields of Gold
The Sacramento Valley’s climate is ripe for producing quality olive oil
Olive farmers in California are determined to become known as producers of high-quality olive oil, and much of that olive oil is being produced in the Mediterranean climate of the Sacramento Valley.
Power of Politics
California Center for Civic Participation Executive Director Belen Flores on educating young people about civics
Comstock’s spoke with Belen Flores about how her organization has adapted in recent months and why its mission remains important.
Help for the Helpers
Crises like the coronavirus pandemic increase stress, especially for first responders, but there are ways to cope
Under the gloom of a pandemic, people on the front lines of the crisis are encountering a level of unprecedented stressors layered onto already challenging jobs.
Going With the Flows
McGeorge School of Law professor Jennifer Harder on water issues, laws and uses
Professor Jennifer Harder is the co-director of the Water & Environmental Law program at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Comstock’s spoke with Harder about water issues affecting the Capital Region and California.
Protecting Our Privacy
Cybersecurity advocate George Usi on how businesses can prepare for an eventual compromise
George Usi founded Rancho Cordova-based Omnistruct in 2019, selling cybersecurity compliance programs to businesses. We spoke with Usi about his mission to educate businesses so they can manage their risk when a cybersecurity breach occurs.
Wealth of Wisdom
California Center President and CEO Margaret Wong on the importance of the China market
Margaret Wong founded the Sacramento-based California Center in 2012 to facilitate business opportunities between California and China. Comstock’s spoke with Wong about expanding to the China market.
Building for the Future
California Manufacturers & Technology Association President Lance Hastings on the myriad challenges faced by the industry
Lance Hastings became president and CEO of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association in November 2018. Comstock’s spoke with Hastings about challenges faced by manufacturers and how CMTA works to improve the business climate.
Marshall Medical Center CEO Discusses Health Care for Rural Residents
Comstock’s spoke to Marshall Medical Center CEO Siri Nelson about her organization’s efforts to provide quality health care services to residents of El Dorado County.
HaneyBiz CEO Mark Haney on advice for investors and entrepreneurs
Mark Haney, the entrepreneur, angel investor, radio host and CEO of Rocklin-based HaneyBiz, says investors should look for startup founders who work well together and are committed to the product.
The Defenders of Small Business
John Kabateck on the myriad challenges facing Main Street, USA
John Kabateck of the National Federation of Independent Business speaks to Comstock’s about tax issues affecting business in California and his organization’s position on Assembly Bill 5.
Bridging Health Care Gaps
WellSpace Health CEO Jonathan Porteus on serving the underserved in our communities
WellSpace has operated since 1953 and provides a range of health care services across nearly three dozen sites in Sacramento, Placer and Amador counties. Comstock’s spoke with CEO Jonathan Porteus about how his organization works to achieve regional health.
El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce CEO on issues facing businesses in its rural communities
Comstock’s spoke with Laurel Brent-Bumb, CEO of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, about efforts to make this largely rural region a desirable place to do business.
Pathway to the Future
Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brian King on new opportunities — and new funding
Comstock’s recently spoke with King (who is also a member of our editorial advisory board) about challenges faced by community college students and how Los Rios can help train the workforce of the future.
Sacramento County Airport System Director Cindy Nichol on rapid growth and planning for the future
Cindy Nichol became director of the Sacramento County Airport System in October 2018, bringing more than 30 years of experience in airport management to the position. Her career includes stints at San Francisco International Airport and the Port of Portland. Comstock’s recently spoke with Nichol about the four-airport system she oversees.
Citrus Heights Mayor Jeannie Bruins on changes since cityhood, including plans to attract more businesses and jobs
Jeannie Bruins knows Citrus Heights; she’s lived there for 35 years and has served on its city council for five terms. She also co-chaired the campaign to give Citrus Heights cityhood in 1996. Comstock’s spoke with Bruins about how the community has changed and what’s in store for the future.
A New Era in Ballet
Sacramento Ballet Artistic Director Amy Seiwert on her vision and goals — and taking risks
Amy Seiwert is only the fourth artistic director in the Sacramento Ballet’s 65-year history. Seiwert — who danced with the company from 1991 to 1999 — assumed the role in July 2018. Comstock’s recently spoke with Seiwert about her vision and goals for the ballet.
A City’s Growth Spurt
City of Lincoln Economic Development Manager Shawn Tillman on growing business and revitalizing downtown
Economic Development Manager for the City of Lincoln Shawn Tillman discusses growth, industry and foreign trade.
Sacramento Metro Chamber CEO Amanda Blackwood on the Organization’s Future
Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber CEO Amanda Blackwood on new strategies for the longstanding organization.
Placer County Superintendent of Schools on Issues Facing The Public School System
Hitting the books: Placer County Office of Education’s Gayle Garbolino-Mojica on the county’s public school system.
The Public Effort
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency’s La Shelle Dozier on efforts to increase affordable housing
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency’s La Shelle Dozier on efforts to increase affordable housing.
From The Ground Up
Father and stepdaughter create new identity for Trail Coffee Roasters in Stockton
Trail Coffee, a bustling café on an activated corner in downtown Stockton, has come a long way from its startup as a back-alley roaster. In the last four years, the business has moved twice, rebranded and expanded into a 3,500-square-foot roastery, café and test kitchen in the refurbished Owl Drug Store building on E. Main and California streets.
Brewed to the Core
Breweries and beer bars are migrating to the grid after years on the outskirts
As Sacramento’s craft beer scene exploded, breweries opened on the outskirts, but now breweries and beer bars are migrating to the grid.