Dylan Burd was born and raised in Lebanon, MO and moved to Kansas City, MO in 2010 to attend UMKC, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.
At UMKC, Dylan was elected to serve as the President of the UMKC Residential Hall Council for Johnson Residence Hall, and President of the UMKC LGBTQIA Affairs Council. Simultaneously, he worked as an AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader with Jumpstart, an early education organization for kids from under-resourced communities, and as a Resident Assistant, aiding residents with personal/academic obstacles. During his senior year, Dylan student-taught at Ruskin High School, and graduated as a Vice Chancellor’s Honor Recipient for academic achievement, leadership, and service to UMKC and the community.
Upon returning to UMKC for graduate studies, Dylan also worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Involvement within the areas of LGBTQIA Programs & Services and the Union Programming Board. This role also allowed him to serve as the UMKC Kangaroo Pantry’s Operations and Marketing Coordinator for students facing food insecurity. Burd would also become the President and Founder of the UMKC Colony of Delta Lambda Phi-an international social fraternity for gay, bi, trans, and progressive men.
After completing his master’s degree, Dylan served as an Impact Manger in Northeast Kansas City with City Year, an educational non-profit aimed at lowering the drop-out rate in poor communities. He has also spent several summers as a summer-school teacher with the Guadalupe Centers.
After the 2016 election, Dylan was part of the founding leadership team of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)-Kansas City chapter, and was inspired to run in 2018 for the Missouri House of Representatives 26th district on a progressive platform. After an unsuccessful race, Dylan joined the Our Revolution-Kansas City board as the MO Chair.
Currently, Dylan proudly serves as ORKC’s Vice President and works at UMKC as an Academic Advisor for Psychology and Economics students. Dylan lives with Mauricio, his husband, and their beloved dog, Ruby.