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Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth Russell

Managing Director at American Academy of Diplomacy


American Academy of Diplomacy

Managing Director

• Managed day-to-day operations of the Academy in collaboration with Academy President Amb. Ronald Neumann
• Prepared and implemented the Academy's annual budget; reviewed all monthly and quarterly reconciliations; monitored cash-flow
• Developed business goals for Academy programs and annual awards luncheon; drafted and implemented program-specific budgets and market all events
• Served as primary liaison with partner organizations for events and special projects
• Edited congressional testimony and other policy memos written by the Academy President
• Negotiated contracts and managed relationships with vendors
• Oversaw annual outside audit process (including document prep and form 990 review)
• Managed relationships with major donors (individual, corporate and foundations); maintained donor files to ensure grant compliance
• Developed marketing and outreach strategies to attract new donors
• Advised Academy Board committee chairmen on courses of action for committee business
• Reviewed Academy operations and mission achievements in preparation for strategic planning process
• Interacted with former senior and currently serving government officials on a daily basis, utilizing diplomacy and discretion in communications

Career medium 04

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Director, Counselors Program

Worked with a diverse group of mid-level and senior foreign policy experts to provide guidance and support to YPFP senior staff and departments.

American Academy of Diplomacy

Program Director

• Managed the Academy President’s schedule
• Executed program concepts developed by the Program Committee and Academy President
• Planned and executed annual awards luncheon at the US Department of State
• Prepared annual budget and reviewed all monthly and quarterly bank and budget reconciliations
• Managed Academy standing committees and Board of Directors; took minutes at meetings
• Maintained Academy contact lists (members, media, donors, and public) and produced annual member directory
• Wrote articles for and designed Academy newsletter
• Managed two direct reports – finance and operations assistant and quarter/semester intern – as well as event volunteers
• Managed member relationships and responded to all general public inquiries

Career medium 06
Career medium 01

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Vice President for Programming

• Oversaw YPFP Programming department and directed all programming activities for the organization
• Hired and managed programming staff of 30+ young professionals
• Served as a member of the Executive Staff and collaborated with departmental Vice Presidents on joint-projects
• Drafted and implemented department strategic plan & annual budget
• Assumed final responsibility for quality of marketing, programs, and organization of the department


Coalition for Government Procurement

Deputy Director of Policy

• Served as primary staff liaison for four industry-specific committees (Healthcare, Facilities Maintenance, Green/Environmental Services, and Office Products) comprised of CGP member representatives
• Drafted and developed association positions and policy statements for issues pertaining to assigned committees
• Tracked legislation in committees of jurisdiction in both houses of Congress
• Represented the association in meetings with Congressional staff, regulatory agencies, and with peer organizations working on shared issues/goals (ITAAC, CODSIA, PSC, ISOA, ARWG, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
• Wrote regulatory comments and met with appropriate officials through the finalization of regulatory rule changes
• Assisted with agenda development and speaker recruitment for conferences and breakfast series events
• Served as a speaker at industry conferences and events
• Wrote articles for Coalition publications with distribution to over 2,000 individuals
• Fundraised approx. $1,450,000 for special projects related to policy efforts and litigation in 18-month period
• Assisted with membership recruitment and retention; brought in over $20,000 in new member revenue
• Managed policy and communications content on association website
• Directed annual business plan session for the association

Career medium 04
Career medium 03

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Managing Director for Programming

• Assisted with recruiting, training and managing volunteer staff of ten direct reports
• Assisted Vice Pres. of Programming with planning, set-up and execution of an average of 4-6+ events per month
• Drafted and edit correspondence related to each event including speaker invitations, event topics, member invitations, programs, and thank you letters
• Updated website daily with programming announcements and events
• Built partnerships with think tanks and non profits in the foreign policy community


Coalition for Government Procurement

Program Assistant

• Served as the assistant to the Executive Vice President of the Coalition
• Assisted with writing, editing, design, and dissemination of all Coalition publications and press releases
• Managed the Coalition database and website; trained other Coalition staff on use of database/website editing
• Conducted policy research and news searches on issues related to government procurement
• Assisted with planning, set-up and execution of all Coalition events, conferences and committee meetings
• Promoted the Coalition at events, conferences, and trade shows
• Served as a main point of contact for all Coalition members and responded to all general public inquiries
• Assisted Executive Vice President with management of office
• Coordinated out-of-town travel for staff of six
• Served as internship coordinator

Career medium 04
Career medium 05

NZTE -NZ Embassy DC

Business Development Intern

Assisted Business Development Associates with U.S. market research for NZ firms. Researched World Bank projects (infrastructure building, energy production, etc.) for NZ firms.


MB Public Affairs

Research Associate

Tracked and analyzed State legislation for corporate and community clients. Conducted research to provide political risk assessment reports to state and national campaigns. Researched statewide issues, including higher education, insurance, Indian gaming, and real-estate. Tracked campaign finance reporting for state and federal political campaigns

Career medium 06

Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit Executive Management Certificate

American League of Lobbyists

Professional Certificate, Lobbying

University of California, Davis

B.A., International Relations -Peace & Security Studies