Dillan Bono grew up in Durham, North Carolina and earned a B.A. in Economics and German (double major) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2009, where she graduated as valedictorian of the business school and was the recipient of the Kathleen P. and Joseph M. Bryan Scholarship, as well as the Margaret Ingrao Bayse Scholarship and Melinda Vialpando Scholarship. She earned her MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), graduating with Merit in 2010. After LSE, Dillan worked as a Project Analyst, then Compliance Officer, at the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), an international charity based in Kent and London, UK. Her research interests include social policy, labor policy, and poverty in advanced industrialized nations. Dillan is a Royster Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.