Christopher Ryan is a managing director in K2 Intelligence’s Private Client Services and Strategic Risk and Security practices. He conducts comprehensive internal investigations and provides crisis management services, integrity and regulatory compliance monitoring, and risk mitigation strategies and solutions to private and public sector clients facing physical, financial, reputational, business, and cybersecurity threats. Chris leads internal corporate investigations into civil and criminal wrongdoing, having conducted and supervised hundreds of complex investigations during his 20 years as a criminal prosecutor in Manhattan.
As an ASIS-certified Physical Security Professional, Chris conducts commercial and residential physical security and threat assessments, and supervises K2 Intelligence’s event security, executive protection, and travel security teams. He provides expert guidance on the prevention and mitigation of workplace violence, with particular focus on active shooter training, and serves as a security adviser for nonprofits in the anti-gun violence policy sector.
Prior to joining K2 Intelligence, Chris served as Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. This elite unit was responsible for the dismantling of sophisticated criminal enterprises, including interstate gun traffickers; arson/insurance fraud rings; major narcotics organizations; hate, extremist, and terror groups; and criminal street gangs. As chief, Chris developed the methodology of using long-term, multidefendant prosecutions under New York State’s conspiracy statutes against violent neighborhood-based street gangs. This innovative program, which was adopted and implemented citywide by the New York City Police Department, has been credited with helping to reduce New York’s homicide rate to historic lows. From 2016 to 2018, Chris served as Special Adviser to the Cook County State Attorney to address the rise in gun-related homicides in Chicago, and has worked with elected officials across the country to design antiviolence programs.
Chris received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He attended the University of California, San Diego and Union College, where he received his B.A. in political science.