2022-23 DISTRICT GOVERNOR Olivia patterson ryans

Born the oldest of six children, I learned leadership, management, organization, accountability and responsibility at a very early age. I did not realize I had these skills until later in my adult life. You see, my sibling labeled my attributes as bossy, controlling, nosy and demanding…thus I was labeled…

A graduate from Pepperdine University with degrees in math and psychology, I taught high school algebra and geometry, earning teacher of the year from LA Unified School District. After obtaining my Master’s degree, I worked as a High School Counselor and Dean of Students. It was my intention to be a High School Principle, but working as an administrator, I became disillusioned with the politics of education. I could not continue to graduate students who did not speak or read English. I love teaching; I could no longer work in the system.

I went to work in the auto industry as a fleet manager building and selling commercial trucks. I quickly grew into management where I created and implemented curriculum and classes for new sales people. I’ve won numerous sales awards. I’ve lead employees in several community projects, giving back to the community.

The horrific events of 9/11 destroyed many small and medium sized businesses, right along with the Twin Towers. With the loss of so many businesses, the bottom fell from under my commercial truck business. I went full time into the real estate industry, which I work today. I focus in commercial real estate, specializing in multi-family or apartment buildings. I also do quite a bit of work in probates.

It was through my community work, representing Ford Motor Co. that I was first introduced to Rotary. I was an active member of the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce and wanted a different vehicle with which to interact with the community. Diana Sanchez of LAWA sponsored me for membership to the Inglewood Rotary Club, July, 2003.

Rotary has become a major part of my life. I work and play with people from every community and from all over the world; a few have become my best friends. The greatest gift that I have received from Rotary is my beloved husband. What a joy it is to have a life partner who shares my Rotary values and experiences.