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)
Born and raised in Seattle, Ryan moved to San Diego after concentrating in comparative literature at Brown University. He was a strategist for local and state political campaigns before going to work for the County Party. Ryan previously conducted public-health advocacy programs for the nonprofit Institute for Public Strategies and was an editor and writer for community-based newspapers. 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, the Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices for the City of San Diego, and the Rules Committee of the California Democratic Party..
Andrea Duran Aydoğan, Director of Operations (currently on leave of absence)
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)
Born and raised in Palm Springs, 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. 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)