Our Team

All officers are elected annually at the December membership meeting of the Marin County Young Democrats.

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Doug Sides, President

Doug Sides is the President of the Marin County Young Democrats. He wanted to join the Executive Committee because he has found it to be such a wonderful group of friends in MCYD and he wanted to repay that by serving. He was born in Southern California and has lived in Novato for the last 4 years.  He has lived all over the West working on conservation and land management projects with the BLM, NPS, and USFWS. Now he works as an arborist, assisting with PG&E’s vegetation management programs.

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Baldemar Ruppert, Vice President

Baldemar Ruppert is the current Vice President for the Marin County Young Democrats. He’s been a member of MCYD since 2020. He lives in San Rafael and a San Francisco State University MPA alumni. He works as a Support Service Specialist for the County of Marin for Health and Human Services as a home visitor. He also serves as a child care commissioner for the Marin County Child Care Commission and as a community leader for Parent Voices Marin. He’s very passionate about Early Childhood Education (ECE) and helps advocate for underserved communities. Baldemar decided to join the E-board since he felt it was time to challenge himself in a role that involves a group of individuals committed to making a difference. Baldemar knows it is time to pay back his dues to fight against injustice and for equity for the next generation of young leaders. He likes to read books in his spare time, listen to music, cuddle with his cat, and time with his husband, friends, and family.

Rachel Farac, Director of Membership

Rachel Farac is the current Director of Membership for MCYD. She is a lifelong Marin County resident and currently obtaining a Master's in Public Administration. Rachel is on the Novato Planning Commission, co-lead for the Suicide Prevention Collaborative in Schools, and Chair of the Marin County Mental Health Board.  She is passionate about the environment, mental health, education, animal welfare, and healthcare. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, teaching her children new things, traveling and relaxing. 

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Laurel Druke, Treasurer

Laurel Druke is the longest-serving MCYD board member.  She's been a member of MCYD since 2010. She lives in San Rafael and is a Dominican University of CA alumna. Go Penguins! She works as the Finance, HR and Operations Manager for Beyond Differences, a nonprofit focused on ending social isolation in middle schools nationwide and creating a sense of belonging for every student. She is very passionate about her work and as an activist for housing, homelessness, and women's issues. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer with local campaigns, spend time with her family and fur-nephew Archie, take walks with friends, go wine tasting, cycle, meet new people, and support local businesses.  

Thomas Price, Chief Administrator

Thomas Price is a senior at the Bay School of San Francisco, and one of the co-leaders of our Model UN team. He has been engaged with local politics for the last 3 years. Thomas interned under Marc Levine in the summer of 2020 working directly with constituent management. He wants to work to bring awareness to politics specifically in his age group and through MYCD he believes he can do that. 

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Photo by Eli Beckman