Keynote Speaker

The Honorable
Richard Mather Russell
Associate Director (Designate)
Office of Science and Technology Policy

Since November 2001, Richard Russell has served as Associate Director (Designate) for Technology at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Between March and November of last year, he served as Chief of Staff. Prior to joining OSTP he worked on the Presidential Transition Teams for the Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, and OSTP.

From 1995-2001, Mr. Russell worked for the House of Representatives Committee on Science and has a background in technology and environmental policy. The Committee has oversight responsibilities for all Federal civilian research and development and authorizing responsibilities for most civilian science programs.

During his time on the Committee, Mr. Russell helped draft a wide variety of legislation, including efforts to expand and improve coordination of federal information technology research, improve computer security, and authorize agencies such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also was charged with overseeing the committee’s technology policy, coordinating its oversight agenda, and helping manage the committee’s majority staff.

Mr. Russell began his tenure on the Committee as a professional staff member for the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. He was promoted to staff director for the Subcommittee on Technology and finally to deputy chief of staff for the full Science Committee.
Prior to joining the Science Committee, Mr. Russell was a professional staff member of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Subcommittee on Oceanography. The Oceanography Subcommittee had jurisdiction over ocean and environmental research and management.

Mr. Russell received his initial congressional experience working for Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA). He then joined the staff of Senator John Seymour (R-CA).

Mr. Russell began his career in Washington, D.C. as a research fellow for the Conservation Foundation. In 1988 he earned a B.S. in Biology from Yale University.

Mr. Russell is married to Lynley Ogilvie. Ms. Ogilvie is an accomplished attorney with the law firm of Latham and Watkins. They have a new son, George, and live in Virginia.