Russell Laird has more than 25 years of diverse career experience in government relations as well as public affairs and business management. He has direct experience in the Washington, DC public policy environment through work on Capitol Hill and federal agencies as well as various leadership roles in the private sector.
Laird has served as staff of a Member of Congress and a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. This involved managing legislative processes as well as oversight of federal agencies. He managed a program of stakeholder outreach for Philip Morris Company which at the time included Kraft Foods and laid claim to being the largest purchaser of agricultural commodities in the country.
He gained practical industry experience by managing his own business in the agriculture industry which involved cooperative work with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service. He focused on agricultural transportation issues through managing the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference which is a subset of the American Trucking Associations. He focused on energy and finance issues while managing government relations issues for a rural utility finance company. He recently served on the transition team for the President-Elect and the beachhead team at USDA. Laird most recently assisted with public outreach on humanitarian efforts regarding hurricane recovery in the US Virgin Islands.
Russell received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and family and enjoys staying busy with his daughter’s school activities.