R4 – GOVERNMENT UPDATE
June 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Join us for an informative meeting with Russ Harrison, IEEE’s Director of Government Relations, as we talk about IEEE’s activities in Washington.
So far, 2020 has been a very challenging year. In addition to the pandemic, demonstrations, and economic change, we are also in an election year! Russ is here to talk about the issues important to IEEE and members, and what you can do nationally, and locally, to help.
Russ Harrison puts his 25 years of experience working on behalf of professional societies, companies and trade associations in Washington, D.C. to work as the Director of Government Relations for IEEE-USA, the American component of the world’s largest technical professional society, IEEE. With nearly 180,000 individual members across the United States, IEEE-USA is the leading voice for technology professionals in the United States.
Over his 17-year career with IEEE-USA, Russ has represented IEEE members on dozens of policy issues including autonomous vehicles, digital privacy, AI, federal research funding, export control, and immigration. In addition to directly engaging with policy makers, Russ strives to build bridges between engineers and politicians. He has spoken at over 260 local, national and international events about public policy and the need for regular citizens to interact with their elected leaders.
Prior to IEEE-USA, Russ represented recycling facilities and the steel industry on Capitol Hill. He has a Master’s in Public Management from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in political science from Allegheny College. Russ is a Certified Association Executive (ASAE) and Planning Commissioner (Virginia Tech).