Dr. Ryan Maltese began his career as an attorney. He holds a law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law and has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1999. Later, he transitioned his professional career to higher education administration. Dr. Maltese has taught a variety of undergraduate courses in Political Science, Education and Life Skills. He holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict and Peace Studies from UNC Greensboro and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University. His research explores access to postsecondary education for undocumented and DACA students in the state of Georgia. He recently joined the UIA as a post-doctoral fellow at Georgia State University, where he manages a variety of projects focusing on student success programs, including college-to-career initiatives, financial management, and student support and progression through AI-enhanced technologies.