He currently is chairman of Global Alliance Education Foundation, a Washington-based non-profit whose mission is to provide education initiatives designed to inspire young people in underprivileged areas, both in the United States and abroad.
Ambassador Russo is also president of Capital Finance, a firm that specializes in the development and financing of start-up businesses. Additionally, he teaches courses on the Presidency and U.S. Foreign Policy at Georgetown University, as an adjunct professor in the School of Continuing Studies.
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 Under Secretary of Labor. Ambassador Russo was a senior member of Ronald Reagan’s national campaign staff during all three of Mr. Reagan’s presidential campaigns. In 1976, he directed campaign operations in New Hampshire during the presidential primary, and in 1980 served as director 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 the Warrior-Scholar Project; and he is 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.