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Areas of Expertise
U.S. Foreign Policy, development economics, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism, post-conflict and stabilization, and public diplomacy and media strategy; geographic areas of expertise include Latin America and the Caribbean, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Russell Porter has over 20 years of development experience in senior leadership position focused on crisis-prone countries. He currently serves as a senior strategic advisor in USAID's Latin America and Caribbean bureau. Most recently, he served as USAID’s Global Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism from 2015-2018.
Previously, Russell served as acting Deputy Assistant to the Administrator and director of the program management for the Office for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2011-2015. He created the Haiti Task Team after the 2010 earthquake responsible for managing the U.S. response to the disaster, and served as deputy director, and then becoming director. From 2000 to 2009, he worked in USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). Before USAID, Russell worked for Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) in various staff positions.
Russell holds an MA in Latin American studies and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
Global Capstone on International Development and National Security