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Dylan Russell

Graduate Student

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Ph.D. in Public Administration


Dylan Russell is the executive director of Lead for North Carolina at the UNC School of Government and a co-founder of Lead for America. Lead for North Carolina has placed over 100 students in high-impact fellowships in local government across the state. His main research interests are in public management and local government capacity.

Dylan has held positions in the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Department of Public Instruction, and collaborated with the NC Office of Strategic Partnerships to launch the NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps. Russell is a former public school teacher, a White House intern during the Obama Administration, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Appalachian State University.

Dylan was awarded the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor and the Plemmons Leadership Medallion by the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

Russell currently teaches in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Master of Public Administration program and teaches undergraduate students interested in public service.


B.S. Education Appalachian State University 2014

Master of Public Administration University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2017

Area(s) of Expertise

Public Management, Human Resources, Government Capacity, Public Leadership