Richard Harrill is the founder and board chair of Demokratikus Ifjusagert Alapitvany (DIA), a non- profit organization located in Budapest, Hungary, which has been working for more than a decade to develop a policy and programming infrastructure for youth service and civic engagement across Central Europe.
Between 2007 and 2009, Harrill was the Director for Europe of the Public Interest Law Institute in Budapest. For five years prior, Harrill was a visiting professor of political studies at Bard College in New York, where he also served as the Director of Bard's Program on Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) in Manhattan, which he helped Bard to adapt to the Central European University in Budapest and the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
During the course of his career, Harrill has been a researcher on international youth policy at the Columbia University School of Social Work; Senior Fellow at the Bonner Foundation; a Peace Corps Volunteer; a consultant on youth policy to the Open Society Institute and the Ford Foundation; and a policy consultant on civic engagement for the International Foundation for Election Systems across Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus Region, and Central Asia. Harrill holds a BA and JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.