|Name||Ryan C. Fattman|
|Address||206 Burbank Rd |
Sutton, Massachusetts , United States
|| July 01, 1984
Jun 16, 2012 04:52pm
|Info||Ryan Fattman is a rising star amongst a new generation of public policy leaders. At 24 years old, Ryan has earned a reputation as a smart, pragmatic and energetic reformer, solving community problems through an inclusive, team collaborative approach. On May 23, 2006, Ryan was elected to one of two seats on Sutton Board of Selectmen, topping the ticket by earning 70% of the vote against two long-term incumbents. Just 21 years old at the time, Ryan became the youngest selectman ever elected in Sutton and Massachusetts History. |
From the start, Ryan committed himself to reforming Sutton's town government, through increased communication with town boards, and placing a high priority on confronting politics-as-usual in his rural, home town. Under his leadership, Ryan addressed forgotten town issues of the past like, Marion's Camp, which for 18 years was allowed to erode into Lake Singletary. A contentious issue for sometime with regard to its direction, Ryan brought competing interests and ideas together to help form a singular revitalization vision for the Camp. In the end, Ryan's leadership forged a Master Plan for Marion's Camp which will see improvements to the Town Beach, the removal of dilapidated and dangerous buildings to make Marion's Camp family friendly, the building of recreational amenities like a playground, volleyball and basketball courts, and a gazebo to facilitate summer concerts and plays, and permanent bathroom and kitchen facilities in a revitalized Goddard Lodge.
Ryan also has confronted the challenge facing every resident in Massachusetts in general, and Sutton more specifically: residential property taxes. While campaigning in 2006 for the Board, Ryan repeatedly heard the struggles of many with paying high property taxes. As a first-step remedy, in 2007, Ryan proposed, fought and won for an increase in the property tax exemptions for more vulnerable members of the Sutton community, including the elderly, the disabled, impoverished families, veterans, and widowed single mothers. Today, in poor economic times, these increased exemptions have helped cushion the economic pain so many in Sutton are feeling. To further reduce the burden of residential property taxes on Sutton, Ryan joined the Selectman's sub-committee on tax increment financing for business development with Selectman Michael Chizy, to promulgate a business friendly Sutton attitude. With Selectman Chizy, Ryan has negotiated several TIFs with small business owners to help alleviate the 90% residential tax burden that falls on town residents for operating town services. Since fighting for the taxpayer, Ryan has helped reduce Sutton's residential tax rate from above $12 to below $11.50.
Ryan's effort as a Selectman in Sutton, as well as his future potential in the world of public policy has not gone unnoticed. In 2008, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government awarded Ryan with the Rappaport Institute's Public Policy Fellowship, a fellowship bestowed to 12 graduate students in Massachusetts who demonstrate exceptional leadership, academic ability, and vision in the field of public policy. Ryan was also nominated for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette Young Leader Award, identifying young leaders in the early stages of their career, and the John Chafee Blackstone Valley Heritage award.
In addition to serving as a Sutton Selectman, Ryan is a graduate student in public policy at Tufts University, and works part-time as a Policy Analyst at MassHousing Finance Agency. Ryan has a Bachelor's Degree in government from Suffolk University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with distinction as an Archer Fellow. Ryan is a 2003 graduate of Sutton High School, where he was President of his class, a member of the National Honor Society, and four-year member of the Sutton Sammies Basketball team. Ryan is the son of Ann and Don Fattman, and brother of Anthony Fattman, who is currently a student in Sutton Junior High School.