Richard M. Russell
Richard Russell is CEO of VIAforward (www.VIAforward.com), a technology centered strategic consulting firm. Prior to founding VIAforward, Richard spent a combined two decades as a United States Ambassador and senior Presidential and Congressional adviser on science, technology and telecommunications.
In 2007, the President appointed Richard to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations chartered World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The WRC is convened every four years to revise the international treaty governing radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. In 2002, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Richard spent seven years as OSTP’s Deputy Director for Technology. He also served as Senior Director for Technology and Telecommunications for the White House’s National Economic Council. In those two capacities, he coordinated all technology and telecommunications policy for the White House. Richard began his tenure in the White House in 2001 as OSTP’s Chief of Staff. He also worked on the Presidential Transition Teams for the Department of Commerce, the National Science Foundation and OSTP.
From 1995-2001 Richard worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science. During his time on the Committee, he was charged with overseeing the Committee’s technology policy, coordinating its oversight agenda, and helping manage the Committee’s majority staff. Richard joined the Science Committee as a professional staff member, before being promoted to Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Technology and then Deputy Chief of Staff for the full committee.
In addition to working for the White House, the U.S. Department of State, and the House Science Committee, Richard served as a legislative assistant in both the U.S. House and Senate and ran the Washington office of a trade association.
Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University, and is a frequent lecturer on policy and budget to university and industry audiences.