Russ serves as the director of strategic planning. Russ is responsible for building and maintaining a focused and sustainable program roadmap that will best serve the students, educators, and administrators of the Consortium’s member states. He is also responsible for the oversight of the system of tools and processes that provide the structure of project management for the Consortium. He has over sixteen years of experience in educational publishing, with skills ranging from content development to operations management. Most recently, he worked at McGraw Hill Education as a Senior Project Manager overseeing the operations side of item development for the Consortium’s pilot, field, and operational assessments. Russ received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Kent State University, and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2011.