PLP 2016 Profile: Ryan Touhill

Name:
Ryan Touhill
 
Birthplace and/or where you grew up:
Born in NY -- lived in Germany, GA, and CA before my family settled in Yorktown, VA
 
Current Digs:
Alexandria
 
Occupation:
Chief of Staff, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
 
Favorite part about the job:
Working on issues and solving problems directly impacting my community
 
Your first job ever:
Shoe Salesman (insert Al Bundy joke)
 
Favorite Book:
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
 
Comfort Food:
Cheez-Its
 
What’s playing in your car right now?
The Police
 
Next journey?
Hopefully Cuba and Alaska next year
 
Favorite Virginia destination?
The area near Sperryville and Washington, VA. It's an easy drive from Alexandria and the scenery, hiking, and people are fantastic
 
First political memory?
Watching the nightly news with my Dad and talking politics
 
Best advice you ever got?
You don't have to be famous to be well liked and respected
 
If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why?
Don Rickles -- he's hilarious and I want to know what it was like to hang out with Frank Sinatra
 
One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?
I performed in VHSL's state-wide theater competition in high school
 
Ambition, political or otherwise?
I definitely want to run for public office for the challenge and because I would be a good representative of people and their interests. I also want to experience the thrill of mountaineering one of the 7 peaks
 
Favorite part about the PLP so far?
Driving to each Sorensen location. I know that sounds crazy but I like road trips. Also, building relationships with my classmates. Their knowledge of issues, personal drive, and ambitions continually inspire me. Oh, and hanging out with Bill Docalovich is AWESOME!
Thursday, Dec 15, 2016