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, Ore. Chair Deborah Kafoury and in the Executive Office of Washington, D.C. 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, D.C., 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.

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Stronger Counties. Stronger America.

About NACo

The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:

  • Advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking
  • Promote exemplary county policies and practices
  • Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
  • Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government.

Mission

Strengthen America’s counties.

Vision

Healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America.