For The Record

Equal parts lawyer and outdoorsman, Ryan Brown, L’05, has been preparing for what he calls his “dream job” — executive director of Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries — since birth.

“I’ve always had a passion for wildlife,” said Brown, who was raised on his family’s farm in Fluvanna County, Virginia.

His legal background, which includes working with or representing nearly all of Virginia’s natural resource agencies, gave him the professional experience required for his role, which he assumed in July.

In leading a staff of approximately 450 employees, supervising over 210,000 acres of land, and making policy decisions, Brown is responsible for carrying out laws and developing regulations related to hunting, fishing, wildlife, boating, and other outdoor recreational activities.

“Not many individuals are fortunate to have the opportunity to be a state wildlife director during the course of their career,” said Brown, who chose Richmond Law for its strengths in environmental law. “It’s truly the opportunity of a lifetime.”