Elisabeth Ryan, JD

Director of Compliance, Ascend, LLC.

Elisabeth Ryan is the deputy general counsel for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, where she works on a broad range of topics including firearms regulation, sentencing reform, law enforcement training standards, and electronic weapon monitoring. Her legal career has been almost entirely dedicated to public interest, as she has previously worked as a public defender for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services and as a legal aid lawyer for the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau. She has a BA in urban studies from Columbia University and a JD from Boston College Law School. She has served as an editor for the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review and for several blogs. She has published a law review article on the topic of international child adoption. At Harvard Extension School, she has taught a course on principles of legal writing and has served as a writing instructor for the course The First Amendment and the Media. She is a devout fan of the Red Sox and Elvis Presley.


  • JD Boston College Law School