Paul A. Russo
Paul A. Russo has served in senior positions in business, government and national politics throughout his career. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (the island nations of Antigua/Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) from 1986 - 1988. As ambassador, his primary focus was on implementing programs to interrupt drug-trafficking and money laundering activities within the region, as well as on the promotion of business development. Ambassador Russo is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching a course on the modern U.S. Presidency. Mr. Russo also serves as head of the Global Alliance Institute, a Washington-based non-profit committed to building a better understanding between the United States and the Middle East. He has a strong history of working with bi-partisan organizations comprised of American foreign policy leaders to strengthen U.S./Arab relations. Ambassador Russo served in the Reagan White House as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, and he was also Deputy Under Secretary of Labor. Additionally, he served former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in several different capacities and also worked for U.S. Senator Robert A. Taft, Jr. of Ohio. Mr. Russo currently serves on the boards of the Council of American Ambassadors; is a member of the advisory board of Dhaani Systems, Inc.; and serves on the Board of Academic Advisors of the Warrior-Scholar Project. A native of Ohio, Ambassador Russo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, with additional studies at Case-Western Reserve University and Georgetown University.