Clay Ryan serves as Vice Chancellor for Governmental Affairs and Economic/Workforce Development for The University of Alabama System.
Clay is responsible for federal, state, and local governmental affairs activities for UA, UAH, UAB, and the UAB Health System, and coordinates all economic and workforce development activities Systemwide. Clay previously chaired the Governmental and Regulatory Affairs practice group at Maynard, Cooper & Gale, one of the Southeast’s leading law firms.
Clay received his J.D. with honors from The University of Alabama School of Law and holds a B.A. degree with honors from Birmingham-Southern College. He is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and has been recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” and Yellowhammer News’ “Power & Influence 50.” He has served as a board member of the Alabama Sports Council, Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center, and as chair of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama’s Roundtable. He is a member of the 2019-2020 Class of Leadership Alabama.