Dj Ryan, President
Dj has served as President of YDAC since 2014, and as a member since 2012. From the Pittsburgh suburb of West Mifflin, Dj has worked in various capacities for campaigns across the country, and is currently the Executive Director of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee. He also worked in National Advance for Hillary for America and in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Dj also holds a seat on the Allegheny County Democratic Committee in the Borough of West Mifflin. He is active in the Penn State Alumni Association, and is the Treasurer for the Steel City Stonewall Democrats and the Southwestern Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Young Democrats. The issues most important to Dj are civil rights, higher education reform, and voter protection. Dj prides himself on being a Pittsburgh aficionado, and loves to show visitors and transplants all the things this wonderful city has to offer.
Megan Winters, Vice President
Megan graduated in 2014 from Duquesne University with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, where she is the Director of Elections and Data for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. In addition to being active in the Young Democrats of Allegheny County, she is also the President of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, the Secretary of the Steel City Stonewall Democrats, and the Finance Chair for Pittsburgh’s New Leaders Council chapter. The issues that matter to her most are women’s rights, LGBT protections, fair and free access to the polls, and campaign finance reform.
Lissa Geiger Shulman, Secretary
Lissa has worked for multiple elected officials and on campaigns throughout the Pittsburgh area. She currently works as the Chief of Staff to State Representative Dan Miller. Prior to working for Representative Miller, she was employed as a teacher in Pittsburgh Public Schools and in Kansas City Missouri School District. Her primary interests are education policy, specifically to promotes excellent schools and equal access to quality education. Lissa lives with her husband in Stanton Heights where she is on the board of the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association.
Julie Hallinan, Treasurer
Julie’s fundraising skills have played an important role in electing several democratic candidates to various elected offices throughout the Commonwealth. She recently worked as Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s Finance Director and raised nearly $750,000 for his successful primary election victory. Julie now serves as Judge Christine Donohue’s finance director for Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Her past experience includes working as the primary fundraiser in Western PA for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz’s gubernatorial bid. When Governor Wolf’s campaign made its first hire from Allyson Schwartz’s for the general election, they hired Julie for Deputy Finance Director of Western PA. When Julie isn’t dialing for dollars, she is usually training for a marathon, playing with her cat Phoebe, or urban gardening.
Curt Conrad, Membership Director
Originally from West Virginia, Curt moved to Pittsburgh in 2012 to begin his graduate degree in social work at the University of Pittsburgh. His emphasis on community organizing and social administration led him to get involved with State and City political campaigns, community based organizations, and social service providers. He has worked for several nonprofit organizations both in his home state and in the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of East Liberty and the Hill District on issues related to housing security, neighborhood development, and economic justice. Curt is currently the Chief of Staff to Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor.
Matt Singer, Communications Director
Originally from NEPA, Matt Singer moved to the City to attend the University of Pittsburgh.
A Pitt alumnus with a degree in politics and philosophy, he was heavily involved in campus media, having played significant roles in each of the campus’ major media outlets. His studies in applications of political theory made him especially interested in the development of civil society, good governance and regulatory / legislative organization.
Matt is now a Legislative Aide working in the office of Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor specializing in policy research and analysis. Additionally, he works with the fine residents of City Council District 5 to resolve various issues and constituent concerns. He is elated to live and work in Pittsburgh at a time of such growth, development and progress.