Meet Ryan

Meet Ryan

A resident of Mesa since the 2nd grade, Ryan’s years of service to the community and love of working with small businesses and neighborhoods have made him the connecter Mesa needs.

Timeline

  • 1986

    Moved to Mesa

    Enjoyed a happy childhood of bike riding, fishing for crawdads in the canal, building forts in the mesquites, playing street hockey in the cul-de-sac and skateboarding—all while getting home by the time the lights came on.

  • 1995

    Bought First Car

    Ryan bought his first car for $400 after mowing many lawns and working at Pistol Pete’s Pizza and Cinnabon

  • 1997

    Graduated High School

    Graduated from Westwood High in Mesa!

  • 2008

    Attended Mesa Community College

    Attended Mesa Community College and volunteered over 500 hours in the Rose Garden and Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, earning the Excellence in Service Award through Americorps

  • 2012

    Graduated Arizona State University

    Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Urban Dynamics from Arizona State University, Bachelor of Sciences in Urban Planning from Arizona State University.

  • 2012

    Co-founded Mesa Urban Garden

    Co-founded Mesa Urban Garden, the first city-sponsored urban garden project in Mesa! Mesa Urban Garden provides fresh produce directly to the community and local food banks.

  • 2013

    Co-founded RAILmesa

    Co-founded RAILmesa, a registered neighborhood group that advocates for increased citizen participation, responsible development of housing, transit options and the creation of quality jobs along Mesa’s Light Rail Corridor.

  • 2013

    Founded Innovative Urban Solutions, LLC

    A consulting firm focused on cross-sector community development.

  • 2014

    University of New Hampshire

    Certificate of Community Development Finance from the University of New Hampshire.

  • May 30 2015

    She said yes!

    Married Erika Godinez Varela.

  • 2015

    ABAKA Childcare Foundation

    Appointed to the Advisory Board of ABAKA Childcare Foundation, a complete Filipino language immersion program for children in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

  • 2015

    Joined Phoenix Barangay Lions Club

    Joined Phoenix Barangay Lions Club, part of a Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization.

  • 2015

    Mesa Historical Museum

    Appointed to Advisory Board of the Mesa Historical Museum.

  • Feb 12 2016

    He’s a dad!

    Baby Rían Erick Varela Winkle was born at 4:23pm at Banner Good Samaritan in Mesa.

  • Aug 30 2016

    Primary Election

    Your first chance to vote for Ryan Winkle for Mesa City Council District 3.

  • May
    2016

    Graduating again

    Graduating again, this time with a Masters of Business Administration from Wilkes University in Mesa.

  • Nov 8 2016

    General Election

    This is it: The day we elect Ryan Winkle to his first term representing District 3 on the Mesa City Council!

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Babies Made

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Countries Lived In

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Mesa Restaurants Eaten At

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