Ryan Fertakos has a BA in Political Science and History, and a Master’s of Public Administration, both from UNC Charlotte. He started his professional career working in IT at Mecklenburg County, followed by a stint as a teaching and research assistant for the UNC Charlotte MPA Department, then completed his MPA while working for the UNC Charlotte Office of Emergency Management.
What inspires me: Knowing that through the work I’m doing, there is the potential for individuals impacted by severe weather or other disasters to have an easier time coping with it.
What I love about what I do: Being able to educate people on what Emergency Management is and why it’s so important.
Most influential persons: Dr. Cynthia Combs and Professor Kevin Staley, who both helped me immensely during my undergraduate and graduate career.
At the top of my bucket list: To try local food from as many different parts of Europe and Asia that I can.
One thing most people don’t know about me: I used to sing and play multiple instruments