Russell’s focus on media and technology has spanned the corporate, non-profit and academic sectors during his career. Currently, he is head of programs at MIT’s Center for Constructive Communication, and a co-founder of the social technology non-profit Cortico. As an advisor at the Saddle River Group, Russell co-founded Diesel Labs, an early-stage startup in the content and media analytics space. He has advised several Boston-area startups, including the enterprise data mastering company Tamr and the social TV analytics company Bluefin Labs. Earlier in his career, Russell spent 15 years at the strategic communications agency SS+K, advising media, political and non-profit clients. Russell holds an MA in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.