2024 National Voices Fellow
Dadrius Lanus
Executive Director, 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge

Dadrius Lanus is an educational advocate fighting to bring liberation to all black and brown communities across East Baton Rouge Parish. Dadrius has made it his mission to disrupt underperforming systems by empowering students, teachers, and community stakeholders to identify and defeat socio-economic barriers that plague impoverished communities.

Dadrius is a product of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System where he attended Forest Heights Elementary, Glen Oaks Middle, and Glen Oaks High School. While in college, Dadrius attended Southern University where he received his Bachelors, Masters, and Juris Doctorate Degree graduating with honors at each respective level. In December 2019, with over 60% of the vote, Dadrius became one the youngest members ever elected to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board for the District 2 Community. Currently, he serves as the President of the East Baton Rouge School System, where he is the youngest person ever selected to lead in the role. Dadrius is a 2023 PELP Fellow with Harvard University, holds certification in educational policies from both Yale University and Georgetown University, and was a 2021 selection by the Baton Rouge Business Report “Forty Under 40” class.

In his present role, Dadrius serves as the Executive Director of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, where last year his organization was named “2023 Large Chapter of the Year” for its programmatic impact and community based supports.

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