Aaron Ridings

Program Manager

Aaron Ridings is the Program Manager for the Counties Futures Lab. He works closely with colleagues throughout NACo and county leaders across the country to create innovative thought leadership events, research projects in government innovation, research policy topics and more.

Aaron has worked for Multnomah County, Oregon Chair Deborah Kafoury and in the Executive Office of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. He began his career at Multnomah County working in the District 1 Commissioner Office, the Office of Community Involvement and in the Office of Aging and Disability Services. He co-authored numerous reports and articles as a Senior Fellow at Western States Center and an Associate Director at the Center for American Progress. Prior to relocating to Washington, DC, he managed statewide issue campaigns in Oregon for over a decade. Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Master of Public Administration degrees from Portland State University.

More from Aaron Ridings

  • Reports & Toolkits

    Access to Housing: Supporting County Workers Through Affordable Homes

    County governments increasingly provide housing assistance benefits to employees as a strategy to recruit and retain talented workers. These workers struggle to keep pace with the cost of housing and often chose to live in a less expensive county. In addition, many eventually choose to work for a different employer that operates in an area that is more affordable. Benefits can include access to affordable housing units that are restricted for employee occupancy. Employees in some jurisdictions are eligible to apply for down payment assistance that allows them to purchase a home in the county where they are employed.

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. 


Through NACo, county officials:

  • Advocate with a collective voice on national policy
  • Exchange ideas and build new leadership skills
  • Pursue transformational, cost-effective solutions
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and
  • Exercise exemplary leadership in public service.


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