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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 Party in 2005. He 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, and the Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices for the City of San Diego. In 2011 he received the California Democratic Party's John F. Kennedy, Jr., Award for Public Service.



Nisa Marks, Operations Coordinator (Email)

Nisa graduated from Yale University with a degree in biology and has worked across the country as an endangered species biologist. After deciding to do a career change, she moved back to San Diego to work on progressive Democratic campaigns and issues. Nisa has worked on campaigns from the national to the local level since early childhood, when her mother worked with the town planning board in Ithaca, NY. She has also served as editor of a community newspaper and prepared materials in support of federal litigation.


Andrea Duran Aydoğan, Operations Coordinator (Email)

Andrea has worked in a variety of fields, from higher education to civil society. A graduate of San Diego State University and and Linköping University in Sweden, she 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.