Lyden earned his Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State University in 2013 and has been with Mecklenburg County since 2017. Lyden was an Enterprise Management Analyst with the Office of Management & Budget before being promoted to Acting Budget Manager in May 2020. Prior to joining Mecklenburg County, he served as a budget analyst with Forsyth County, NC and the City of Clinton, North Carolina. Since joining Mecklenburg County, Lyden has led several large projects related to the budgets for Social Services & Community Support Services, served as the lead administrator for County’s budget system, and most recently lead the development & implementation of the County’s GFOA award-winning Budget Public Engagement Initiative. Lyden lives with his wife in Huntersville, North Carolina and they are expecting their first child in October.