Russell T. Porter

Adjunct Professor
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Areas of Expertise

Conflict and Stabilization, Latin America, Counter-terrorism, Economics, US Foreign Policy

Russell Porter is currently a senior advisor in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean where he provides strategic direction and oversight for programming in Central America and Mexico, including the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and the Merida Initiative in Mexico.

Russell has held several leadership roles during his 20 year career at USAID, including acting Deputy Assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan; director of the Haiti Task Team following the 2010 devastating earthquake, director for Latin America in the Of-fice of Transition Initiatives (OTI). Russell started his career at USAID serving as the Agency’s senior press officer. He spent near-ly three years on Capitol Hill working for Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA). Russell has worked in over 20 countries and is proficient in Spanish.

Outside of USAID, Russell is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Elliot School for International Affairs.

A native of Atlanta, Russell is a graduate of Rhodes College and later earned an MA in Latin American studies and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


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