Executive Board

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. In the past, Dj worked in National Advance for Hillary for America, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and for the Pennsylvania HDCC. 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 National Committeeman 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 Data, Western Region, and Grassroots Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. In addition to being active in the Young Democrats of Allegheny County, she is a board member of Emerge Pennsylvania and  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


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Lissa has worked for multiple elected officials and on campaigns throughout the Pittsburgh area., including working for as Chief of Staff to Representative Dan Miller. She was also 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 and two children 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.

Ryan Morden, Social Chair

Robert Collini, Membership Director