Justin T. Russell

Justin T. Russell, principal for Washington, D.C.-based Rialitas Public Strategies (RPS), LLC, has nearly 20 years of experience in government affairs covering a wide range of issues.

In addition to his work on several political and grassroots campaigns, he has worked with federal and state lawmakers on environmental and energy policy, commercial maritime interests, energy and power generation, public safety, environmental protection and emergency management.

Prior to creating RPS in 2012, Russell served as director of corporate strategy and international affairs for Avaya Government Solutions in Fairfax, Va. from 2009 to 2012.

Previously, as director of maritime and border security for General Dynamics Information Technology,  he advised both government and private sector clients on port and border security, policy development, grant acquisition and emergency response and preparedness,

Before joining General Dynamics Information Technology in 2003, Russell was the president and managing partner of SPG/Florida Atlantic Consultants, a firm specializing in government affairs, emergency management, crisis communications, and community development. In this position, he worked closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of numerous public and private clients.

A 12-year veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve, Russell worked in law enforcement, alien and migrant interdiction operations, and maritime safety and security.