Employee Spotlight: Ryan Bixby

Say hello to Ryan Bixby! Ryan joined our team in 2005 and is currently one of the Managing Principals and Vice Presidents of the firm. He graduated from Whitman College with a degree in geology and has been working as an environmental consultant since 1998. He spent most of that time performing Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) in support of property transactions. Ryan is a recognized expert in environmental due diligence support for real estate transactions throughout the Pacific Northwest, and his expertise continues to be retained by the legal community and some of the most active developer and property portfolio clients in the region. 

Ryan works closely with our clients to better understand their objectives and make sure the scope accomplishes those goals. “We help interpret the results of our investigations, develop our findings and conclusions, and perform the final review of all our deliverables,” he shared. For the past several years, much of his work has been focused on expert witness projects, something he finds fascinating. “I recently provided expert testimony in federal court, an exciting experience since most environmental cases are resolved before getting to court.”

Outside of work, Ryan loves to spend time with his wife and two young adult children, one of whom is about to graduate from college and the other is about to start. “Pre-pandemic, we took extended trips to places like Mongolia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as other closer but incredibly beautiful places like Banff,” Ryan reminisced. Although they have remained closer to home during the pandemic, his family has spent their time camping and on the family farm on Whidbey Island. Fun fact: Ryan also loves to fly fish – especially in Montana.

When asked what he likes most about working at SoundEarth Strategies, Ryan said his answer will always be the people. “I love the tremendous variability of my workload, which keeps me on my toes by staying informed on a wide range of topics.” He enjoys interacting with our clients, especially those which he has been partnered with before. “I love spending time preparing or reviewing reports that help resolve challenging environmental issues, but none of that would be possible without the amazing group of people with whom I work,” Ryan said.

Have questions about environmental site assessments or due diligence surrounding real estate transactions? Connect with Ryan by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or meet the rest of the SoundEarth Strategies team by visiting http://www.soundearthinc.com/people.

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