As a senior legislative associate at Washington Partners, Russell Armstrong brings a range of experiences from the local, state and federal levels where he has worked on both sides of the aisle.
After starting his career as special education teacher and school administrator, Russell moved into policy and politics. He worked on labor, juvenile justice, early education, K-12, and higher education legislation and regulatory issues as a policy advisor to both the State Superintendent and the Governor of Louisiana. Before moving from the state to the federal level, Russell managed a statewide campaign for the elected school board and helped launch a startup dedicated to expanding personalized learning in local communities. He has been a featured speaker at the SXSWedu Conference & Festival and the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s National Summit.
Just prior to joining the firm Russell worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Chris Murphy, managing education, child welfare, and juvenile justice issues. At Washington Partners, Russell works with a variety of clients on issues ranging from child welfare and trauma treatment, child abuse and neglect prevention, equitable treatment of students with disabilities, K-12 accountability, juvenile justice reform, and promoting STEM for women and minorities.
Russell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Information Systems Management from Loyola University Chicago.