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Staff

 

Our staff members manage the daily operations of the County Party, including voter services, candidate support, volunteer coordination, communications, finance, and administration.

 

Ryan Hurd, Executive Director (email)

Ryan was a consultant for local and state political campaigns before he began working for the County Party. He previously conducted public health advocacy programs for the nonprofit Institute for Public Strategies and was an editor and writer for community-based newspapers. Originally from Seattle, he moved to San Diego after concentrating in comparative literature at Brown University. Ryan has served on the San Diego County Substance Abuse Summit Steering Committee, the Public Policy Advisory Board of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and the Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices for the City of San Diego. He is currently a member of the Rules Committee of the California Democratic Party.

 

Andrea Duran Aydoğan, Director of Operations  

Andrea has worked in a variety of fields, from higher education to civil society. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with Bachelor's in Marketing and has a Master's degree in Political Science from Linköping University in Sweden. She's lived in Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and Turkey and speaks five languages and has a background in international advocacy, research, and training. Andrea is an avid traveler and loves to interact with a variety of cultures.  

 

Maral Babai, Campaign Services Coordinator (email)

Maral has worked for Democratic state legislative and congressional candidates in New York, Connecticut, Indiana, and Virginia. Her experience spans fundraising, communications, and candidate management, but she particularly enjoys running field programs. Born and raised in Palm Springs, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, where she majored in International Studies and Art History. She completed her Masters in Visual Arts Administration at NYU, where she focused on nonprofit organizations, policy, and the intersection of arts and organizing.

 

Ali Zaidi, Engagement Coordinator (email)

Born and raised in Upland, Ali moved to San Diego after working for the 2020 presidential campaigns of Tom Steyer and Rep. Beto O'Rourke. He previously worked in the communications departments of Rep. Jimmy Gomez on Capitol Hill and the U.S Senate campaign of U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez in California. Ali received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Riverside, where he majored in Political Science. He is an avid photographer and traveler and aspires to one day visit all 50 U.S. States.