Hayden Kandul

Business Development Project Manager

Hayden serves as a Business Development Project Manager for the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, supporting the business development team to spur positive economic growth in our region.

Prior to her role at GSEC, Hayden worked with the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) in Kentucky, specializing in federal and state grant administration, project management, and strategic regional planning. Hayden developed and maintained the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and led the CEDS Committee for the KIPDA Economic Development District.

Hayden received a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Western Kentucky University, where she double-majored in Environmental Sciences and Arabic. After graduation, she worked as a sustainability intern for the UNICEF Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI) in Amman, Jordan. During her time with MECI, Hayden discovered her passion for community development and the importance of strategic community partnerships. Following this role, she became a lead volunteer for Mothers Out Front, gaining non-profit experience and helping to facilitate discussions with community members and their legislators to address environmental injustices.

In her free time Hayden loves to travel, adventure with family and friends, and be anywhere outdoors!