Ambassador Russo has held senior positions in business, government and national politics throughout his career.
He currently is president of Capital Finance, a firm that specializes in the development and financing of start-up businesses and construction projects. Through Capital Finance and its affiliated companies, Mr. Russo has provided strategic planning and tactical advice to international corporations and foreign governments. His Middle East ventures include the successful completion of a 1,000 unit housing project for the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq.
Since 1991, he has taught courses on modern presidential politics at Georgetown University as an adjunct professor in the School of Continuing Studies. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Russo also served as president of the Global Alliance Institute, a Washington-based non-profit committed to building a better understanding between the United States and the Middle East.
Ambassador Russo was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (the island nations of Antigua/Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines), a position which required confirmation by the United States Senate. As ambassador, his primary focus was on implementing enforcement programs to curtail drug-trafficking and money laundering activities within the region, while also promoting business development.
During Ronald Reagan’s first term, Mr. Russo worked in The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, and he then served as Deputy Undersecretary of Labor. Ambassador Russo was a senior member of Ronald Reagan’s national campaign staff during all three of Mr. Reagan’s presidential campaigns; he directed campaign operations in New Hampshire during both the 1976 and 1980 presidential primaries and also served in 1980 as head of congressional relations in Washington, D.C. Mr. Russo also worked for the state of California as a senior aide to then-Governor Reagan. Ambassador Russo has served former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in several different capacities, including founding his political action committee, Campaign America, and then acting as its executive director and treasurer.
Ambassador Russo currently serves on the Diplomatic Advisory Board of the World War I Centennial Commission; he serves on the Board of Advisors of, and is an instructor for, the Warrior-Scholar Project at Georgetown University; and he has served as a member of the Georgetown University Fulbright Endorsement Committee.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Russo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, with additional studies at Case-Western Reserve University and Georgetown University