Ryan Russell, M.A.  Special Assistant, Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Ryan Russell, M.A.

Special Assistant, Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research

  • M.A., International Affairs and Conflict Resolution
  • Rotary Cultural Ambassador Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies in economics
  • B.S., in Economics and International Relations, Certificate in Western European Studies

Ryan Russell is an international affairs professional with over 16 years’ experience in national security, diplomacy, international trade and investment, intelligence, and international business development. He worked for nine years as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, developing foreign policy and providing political and economic analysis to senior policymakers. Mr. Russell has served in Asia, Europe, at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and in Washington, DC, where he had the unique opportunity to sit at the nexus of the intelligence and diplomatic communities during his assignment as a Special Assistant in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. His prior experience includes work in the nuclear power industry and staff assignments at the George Washington University and the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as a guest lecturer at numerous foreign universities.

Mr. Russell holds an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. As the recipient of a Rotary International Cultural Ambassador Scholarship, Russell conducted post-graduate research in the fields of political and economic development policy at the Albert-Ludwig Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany.

Professional Experience

  • Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2013 – Present
  • Online Instructor, Intelligence Management Undergraduate Program, Henley-Putnam University, Santa Clara, CA, January 2013 – Present
  • Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat) in Germany, Vietnam, New York, and Washington, DC, S. Department of State, Washington, DC, May, 2004 – April 2013
  • Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Specialist, Coalition for American Leadership Abroad, Washington, DC, 2003-2004
  • Office of Institutional Advancement Professional, The George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs, Washington, DC, 2003-2004
  • General Manager (2001-2003) and Business Development Manager (1999-2001), International Quality Consultants, Inc., Butler, PA, 1999-2003

Education & Professional Certifications

  • M.A., International Affairs and Conflict Resolution, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Rotary Cultural Ambassador Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies in economics, Albert Ludwigs Universitaet, Freiburg, Germany
  • B.S., in Economics and International Relations, Certificate in Western European Studies, The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Scholarly Activity

  • NASBITE International (National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators) – Certified Global Business Professional