Catherine M. Russell
|Catherine "Cathy" M. Russell|
|Chief of Staff to the Second Lady of the United States|
January 20, 2009 – 2013
|Vice President||Joe Biden|
|Succeeded by||Sheila Nix|
|Alma mater||Boston College, The George Washington University Law School|
Catherine M. Russell is the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, appointed on May 8, 2013.
Russell began her career on Capitol Hill, as Counsel and then Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). She then served as Staff Director to the Senate Judiciary Committee under Chairman Joseph Biden (D-De).
Russell is a longtime adviser to Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Russell was tapped to serve as chief of staff to then-second lady-elect Jill Biden. She then served as Chief of Staff to the spouse of Vice President of the United States from January 2009.
Russell is married to Tom Donilon, who is the former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. Her brother-in-law is Mike Donilon, a lawyer and political consultant who serves as Counselor to Vice President Joe Biden.
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