Ring, 61, is both a private investor and an attorney.
His company, The Ring Group, is a diversified
real estate investment company, owning properties
in California, the Northwest, the Midwest, and
Virginia. Their principal activities are in multi-family
rental housing and the hotel industry. He is actively
involved in developing multi-family rental units
in both the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas.
Mr. Ring served the City of Los Angeles as a Commissioner
of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.
The Agency is charged with overseeing and implementing
development in all of the "blighted"
areas of Los Angeles. As the only developer on
the 7 member commission, Mr. Ring has been involved
in helping formulate redevelopment plans both
for affordable and market rate housing, as well
as retail and commercial space. The Redevelopment
Agency has an annual budget of approximately $350,000,000.
As an attorney, he specialized in both administrative
and real estate law. Prior to his wife's election
to the Los Angeles City Council, he represented
clients before municipal and County agencies.
He was involved in obtaining land use approvals
for major office complexes, large multi-family
residential developments, single-family tracts,
as well as major shopping centers. He has also
served as special counsel to various government
As a member of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Mr. Ring has been actively involved in assisting the Museum in plans for building a new museum for Los Angeles. The museum is planned for downtown Los Angeles.
Mr. Ring is also on the Board of Trustees of SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary art venue in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He serves on various other boards both in Los Angeles and Santa Fe.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Ring was a Deputy Los Angeles County Supervisor and a United States Congressional Field Representative.
Mr. Ring also served as the Chairman of the Board
of the Children's Museum of Los Angeles and headed
up their effort to build a new children's museum
in Los Angeles. He also has served on the Boards
of Coro Southern California and the National Coro
Board and Los Angeles Theatre Works. He also has
had the privilege of serving on the Board of Trustees
of The College of Santa Fe.
Mr. Ring is a Trustee of the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Journalism. This award is the nation's largest prize in Journalism and is administered by the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.
Formerly, Mr. Ring was President of the Board of Library Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles. In that capacity he was responsible for overseeing the construction of the new $230 Million Dollar Los Angeles Central Library. He also has served on the Boards of the Edmond G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs; the Center Theater Group (Mark Taper & Ahmanson); the Dance Gallery; The Western Center on Law and Poverty; the Central City Association; and the American Arts Alliance, the Washington based lobby group for all non-profit theaters, museums, philharmonic orchestras and artistic associations in the United States. Mr. Ring served for five years as the Commissioner of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a joint powers authority between the City and the County of Los Angeles charged with disbursing approximately $100,000,000.00 in homeless aid per year.
Active in the legal community, Mr. Ring has served on the Board of Editors of both the California State Bar Journal and Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. Mr. Ring co-authored the "Law and Real Estate" column for the Los Angeles Times for six years. Mr. Ring was named one of "Ten Leading Los Angeles Property Lawyers" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Mr. Ring is married to Cynthia Ann Miscikowski.