Advancement Project California The Best Resistance is Our Collective Success

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.