Russ comes to Athena with more than a decade's worth of experience as a print and online news reporter for a variety of Rhode Island publications. His work for The Warwick Beacon, The Bristol Phoenix, and GoLocalProv.com included reporting on the perilous condition of the Rhode Island state pension system, leading to reforms that protected the retirement security of thousands of state workers and retirees. Russ makes regular appearances on the popular Rhode Island PBS television program, "A Lively Experiment".
The skills Russ developed and honed as a news reporter have translated seamlessly into broad business-world applications. For the last several years, he has created in-depth market research reports for a number of private firms, turning raw information into actionable knowledge, and assisting in the transformation of sales targets, performance measures, and competitive marketplace challenges. Russ has applied these same research skills to the formation of political campaign strategies, leveraging data and voter information into successful campaigns for higher office. Russ holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from Providence College. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, kayaking, playing and watching sports, and attending concerts.