Mayor Elise Ryan
Elise Ryan began her term as Mayor in January 2019. Until then she was on the City Council starting in January 2015. Prior to City Council, Elise served on the Chanhassen Park & Recreation Commission from 2008-2014.
She earned her BA from the University of Oregon and her Master's Degree in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University. She worked in sales and marketing for Nike, Target, and a number of small firms before staying home full-time.
Elise is an active volunteer in a variety of local organizations. In addition to volunteering at Excelsior Elementary, she was Vice-Chair of Minnetonka school district's C.A.S.E. (Community Action for Student Education); Assistant Varsity girls' tennis coach for Eden Prairie high school; a member and chair of Mount Calvary Church parent board, a member of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, and continues to help manage her children's youth sports teams.
Elise has lived in Chanhassen since 2006 with her husband Pat. They have two young children.