Chief Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services, World Wide Public Sector Team
Mark Ryland is the technology leader in Amazon Web Service’s World Wide Public Sector (WWPS) team, reporting to the Vice President of global public sector sales. Mr. Ryland leads a team of Solutions Architects who provide AWS technical evangelism and knowledge transfer to government and education customers around the globe. He also serves as a key interface between the WWPS team and the engineering, security, and compliance teams at AWS, ensuring that public sector customer requirements are front-and-center in product/service planning and roadmaps.
Ryland has more than 20 years of experience in technology industry, beginning with Microsoft Federal Systems, where he served as a Senior Architectural Engineer in the early 1990s, leading a team of Architectural Engineers and Systems Engineers. He continued at Microsoft for ten years, serving in a variety of software engineering and technical evangelism roles on projects like Windows Cairo, COM/DCOM/OLE, SOAP, and others. In the late 1990s he started and ran the first standards organization at Microsoft, serving as Director of Standards Strategy until he left Microsoft in 2000. Subsequently, Ryland served as CTO of two start-up companies, as well as Vice-President and Director of the Washington DC office of a Seattle-based think-tank. He rejoined Microsoft in 2008 as National Standards Officer for the USA, later switching back to an engineering role as a principal program manager in Microsoft’s identity and access team, where he worked on Active Directory, the Office 365 directory, and the Azure Access Control Service. In the early days of his career before joining Microsoft, he was a lawyer with the firm of Latham & Watkins after clerking on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ryland joined the AWS WWPS team in September 2011 and brings a wealth of engineering, technical evangelism, and policy skills to the team.