Zarek Bell is a Research Associate with the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Planning, Evaluation, Education and Research Team. He has Master of Public Administration from Ohio University with research interests in poverty studies, economic development, the political economy, and public policy and management. He graduated in 2017 from the University of Akron with a degree in political science. In his spare time, Zarek likes to spend time with his dog, read and cook. An avid hiker, he has hiked through five different states on the Appalachian Trail.