Business 100 – 2019

Sheila Ryan/Cambridge Associates

Sheila Ryan is a partner at Cambridge Associates, Boston, where she manages private investment portfolios for a select number of institutional clients. She is a voting member of several of the firm’s investment committees, including private equity / venture capital, co-investments, secondaries, and private credit. She was recently recognized by CIO magazine as one of ten Knowledge Brokers for 2018. Prior to Cambridge Associates, Ryan worked for Intel Capital, and during her tenure there, she completed over 50 transactions, including the largest deal ever completed by the firm, a $600 million investment into a wireless telecommunications company. Prior to Intel, she spent 12 years on the trading floor at Salomon Brothers. Ryan earned her B.A. in economics from Stanford University, where she graduated with distinction. While at Stanford, she played varsity soccer and was a member of the sailing team. Her mother, Kathleen, is from Longford and her father, Patrick, from Dublin. Her paternal grandfather, Liam O’Riain, was a member of the Dublin Irish Volunteers and fought in the Easter Uprising in 1916, for which he earned a medal of honor which Ryan proudly displays in her home.