Jenny Russell leads Save the Children’s public policy and advocacy efforts on U.S. foreign aid effectiveness including locally-led development, civil society strengthening, and global tax and development.
At Save the Children she also managed U.S. advocacy efforts on gender equality and the UN SustainableDevelopment Goals. Ms. Russell has over twenty-five years of experience in political advocacy, coalition building, and implementation/evaluation of issue campaigns for development and humanitarian organizations.
Previously, she served as Advocacy Director at the Center for American Progress working on U.S.foreign policy towards Sudan and Central Africa. As a consultant, Ms.Russell led an evaluation of CARE’s advocacy in Sudan and Afghanistan over ten years.
She launched Habitat for Humanity’s first advocacy campaign and worked with Catholic Relief Services to elevate local civil society’s role in donor financing in the aftermath of natural disasters. She served as the Campaign Director of U.S. Publish What you Pay and also for Voices for Haiti. Ms.Russell has overseas work experience in Sudan, Venezuela, Haiti, Swaziland, and Central America. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Whitman College and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.