Serving downtown Tacoma, Hilltop, Central and South Tacoma, and the cities of Fircrest and University Place.
Ryan Mello represents District 4 and chairs the Council’s Community Development Committee, the Performance Audit Committee, and is Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee.
Born in Kailua, Hawaii, Mello moved to Tacoma in 1997 to attend the University of Puget Sound where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics & Government. Fresh out of college he joined the AmeriCorps program (the domestic Peace Corps) where he coordinated the Youth United program at the United Way of Pierce County – engaging youth to a lifelong ethic of giving back.
As Executive Director of the Pierce Conservation District from 2012 to 2020 he led a team of conservation professionals committed to protecting our natural resources, Puget Sound recovery and improving our local food security.
Mello served on the Tacoma City Council from 2010 to 2019, led the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Policy Board and the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee and served on the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board of Directors and Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners, among other assignments.
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External Boards & Commissions
- Pierce County Alliance Community Navigator Program - In 2021, the Washington Legislature established the provision of diversion for simple drug possession (ESB 5476). The Recovery Navigator program is designed to carve nontraditional and widespread, community-based pathways to existing services and systems. The Pierce County Recovery Navigator program offers a wide array of social services to individuals who intersect with police because of simple drug possession and/or people who have frequent contact with the criminal legal system and safety net services because of unmet behavioral healthcare needs. Recovery Navigators/Case Managers establish trusting relationships and offer ongoing individualized support for breaking cycles substance use and criminality.
- District Court Resource Center - The Pierce County District Court Resource Center is dedicated to providing access to a variety of social services and programs to justice-involved individuals and those in need, in one centralized location. Please note, all services are available to EVERYONE, not just justice-involved individuals. Services include:
Chemical dependency evaluations License Re-Instatement Assistance Homelessness Prevention Social Security Enrollment/Navigation Clothing Bank ID Card Vouchers Medicaid Enrollment and Navigation Medication Assisted Treatment Services Housing Navigation Employment Training and Education Public Assistance Enrollment Resource Navigation
- Report an Issue with See, Click, Fix! - A one stop shop for reporting a concern to the County to be addressed. Using the portal, you can report: abandoned vehicle complaints, food safety concerns, fire code violations, pavement issues, tree down or removal, trespass or encampments, graffiti/vandalism, AND MORE.