Ryan Waggoner, Management Consultant

Ryan is a trained actuary and project manager whose background includes pension plan consulting for non-profits, managing software companies through rapid growth, and guiding small businesses through major changes. He is adept at distilling and synthesizing data to lay the groundwork for successful change management. Ryan’s diverse experience gives him a valuable perspective that creates powerful results.

Ryan’s work at Guideline includes consulting with academic institutions, non-profits, and small businesses. He provides project management support for a variety of projects with a focus on data collection and analysis. Ryan has the rare ability to address the needs of both the people and the information in his projects with equal tenacity.

From 2005-2014, Ryan worked with two different start-up companies, each of which provides a consolidated software solution for property management firms. As a senior implementation manager handling over 20 clients at any given time, he honed his project management skills while guiding clients through organizational and business process changes. In addition to working directly with clients, Ryan redesigned the implementation team structure to accommodate rapid company growth. His leadership in the services side of these companies was instrumental in successfully growing each organization by over 400% in less than 4 years.

From 1996-2005, Ryan worked at Nicolay Consulting to provide pension consulting services to non-profit organizations, including the Sierra Club and several Roman Catholic Dioceses. His capacity to understand complicated documents and effectively communicate in layperson’s terms made him a skillful liaison between plan executives and participants. Ryan was selected to lead a pension plan reconfiguration for Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which included defining overall strategy, participant communications, fielding questions, and reporting back to client leadership.


Ryan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Mathematics from the University of Michigan college of Literature, Science, and the Arts.