Catherine M. Russell
|United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues|
August 26, 2013 – January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Melanne Verveer|
|Chief of Staff to the Second Lady of the United States|
January 20, 2009 – August 26, 2013
|Succeeded by||Sheila Nix|
|Born||1961 (age 56–57)|
|Alma mater||Boston College|
George Washington University
Catherine M. Russell (born 1961) was the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues from May 8, 2013, until January 20, 2017.
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.
- Catherine M. Russell - U.S. Department of State biography
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- The George Washington University. "Building the New Administration:White House Staff--Biographies as provided by the Transition*", "George Washington University".
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