WFP USA Board of Directors
Randy Russell is president and partner of The Russell Group, an agricultural and food consulting firm. Throughout his career, he has served in a number of agricultural policy positions, both inside and outside of government, including chief of staff for Secretary of Agriculture John R. Block, deputy assistant secretary for economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, vice president for agriculture and trade policy at the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, director of government relations for The Pillsbury Company, and the 1981 Farm Bill coordinator for the USDA. Russell received a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University, where he did his undergraduate work in public administration and graduate studies in economics.
Russell and his wife, Beth, live in McLean, VA, and have five children. He has been actively involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program in Northern Virginia, where he has served as a Big Brother for 10 years and as president, vice president and treasurer of the Northern Virginia Council of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He also served on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capital Area. The Russells are co-founders of The Golden Phoenix Foundation, which is focused on addressing the issue of childhood abandonment around the world.