Advancement Project Closing the Opportunity Gap

Michael Russo

Associate Director of Equity in Public Funds

As the Associate Director of Equity in Public Funds, Mike Russo works to provide community-based organizations with the data, training, and tools they need to be effective advocates for local budgets that reflect the needs of low-income communities and communities of color. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Mike served as the director of the federal office of U.S. PIRG, a nationwide federation of state-based public interest advocacy organizations. He also previously led U.S. PIRG’s work on health care, such as overseeing campaigns to implement the Affordable Care Act, and helping to create a program to analyze and watchdog insurers’ rate filings, which has saved consumers over $25 million. Mike is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology and Columbia Law School.