President + CEO
Matt Russell is a veteran public relations and communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in media relations, federal government relations, marketing communications, and non-profit administration. He has represented organizations and individuals in the health care, technology, finance, transportation, automotive, hospitality, travel and tourism, manufacturing, real estate, and retail industries. Prior to founding Russell Public, he served as Executive Director of the National Integrative Medicine Council, a grassroots advocacy organization he co-founded with Dr. Andrew Weil.
His professional career includes service as a federal lobbyist in Washington, D.C., where he worked daily with the U.S. Congress, the White House, and federal government agencies. He has also served in various public relations staff and consultant roles, and has secured publicity for his clients through a large number of media outlets including Larry King Live, Good Morning America, TODAY Show, USA Today, Oprah, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.
A frequent lecturer, Matt has delivered the keynote address at several national conferences and is called on regularly to serve as Master of Ceremonies for community events. He has held seats on the boards of directors for the Institute for Natural Medicine, Health Choice Political Action Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, KUAT Communications Group, American Lung Association of Arizona/New Mexico, Catalina Foothills School District Foundation, DM-50, Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, and the Public Relations Society of America, Southern Arizona Chapter. In 2001, he was appointed to the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments by Arizona Governor Jane Hull, and was re-appointed to the post in 2010 by Governor Jan Brewer.
Matt graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Political Science. He currently resides in Tucson with his wife, Nancy, and two children.
Before beginning his career in public relations, Matt was an award-winning percussionist. He performed in Carnegie Hall and across Europe.