EVA - Ryan Heater
Executive Director of External Affairs
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, Indianapolis, IN
Ryan Heater serves the Commission as the Executive Director of External Affairs. In this role he leads the Commission’s legislative, media, and stakeholder management strategies and advises the Commission on related issues. He oversees the Consumer Affairs Division, which provides dispute resolution services to customers and utilities. Additionally, he directs the disbursement strategy of the Underground Plant Protection Account fund, intended to raise awareness of Indiana’s 811 Law and provide education on safe digging practices.
Prior to joining the Commission, Ryan worked in the Office of Lt. Governor, where he has served as Policy and Legislative Director for Lt. Governors Suzanne Crouch, Eric Holcomb, and Sue Ellspermann. In this role, Ryan oversaw all policy and legislation related to the Lt. Governor’s office, as well as the five agencies reporting directly to the Lt. Governor.
Ryan previously worked as the Association Manager for the Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association where he oversaw association operations and assisted with government affairs activities. He also worked in the Indiana House of Representatives as a Senior Legislative Assistant for four State Representatives. While working for the House, Ryan provided support by working on legislation, staffing the House Public Policy Committee, communicating with interested stakeholders, and helping constituents solve government-related issues. Throughout his time spent working in state government and with the ICTA, Ryan was also a sergeant with the Indiana Army National Guard, where he served with the Long Range Surveillance (Airborne) unit as a team member and Assistant Team Leader. Ryan is a graduate of Purdue University and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. His hometown is Star City, IN, and he currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.
In September 2019, Ryan was honored as an 2019 Emerging Voice Award recipient on behalf of the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University. Since 2007 the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board and the Purdue Alumni Association have been honoring young alumni from the College of Liberal Arts who are successfully achieving their career goals, serving their communities, and representing the College as graduates who think broadly and lead boldly.