Russell Armstrong currently serves as the director of state and federal advocacy at Washington Partners. He works with a broad range of clients to ensure they understand and are fully informed on the federal appropriations process, legislation, and regulations that impact them at the national and state levels. Russell’s policy portfolio includes adult learning and workforce training; career and technical education; child abuse and child welfare; computer science education; federal health and education science research; juvenile justice and trauma informed care; school discipline, diversity and equity; social and emotional learning; special education; and STEM education. Leveraging his experiences at the local, state and federal levels, Russell develops advocacy training presentations, model legislation, and professional learning on a wide variety of topics, including state implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Russell began his career on Capitol Hill with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, where he worked on education and juvenile justice issues. Prior to his time in DC, he worked on labor, juvenile justice, and P-16 education as a policy advisor to two State Superintendents (Paul Pastorek and John White) and the Governor of Louisiana. He additionally worked in state politics and has managed school turnaround implementation for multiple school districts.
Russell is a former certified special education teacher and school administrator. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business.