Russ Paulsen has been a nonprofit leader in response, recovery, and resilience-building after earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, terrorist attacks, and industrial accidents. In his 25-plus years, Russ led the long-term recovery for the American Red Cross after September 11 and Hurricane Katrina, he spearheaded a national program to build resilience against home fires, and he served as Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer. At United Way Worldwide, Russ led the national network of 2-1-1 centers through the development of a new mission, vision, and strategy, along with the national development of key technology initiatives.
He is a former member of the Resilient America Roundtable at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado.
Russ obtained his BA in political science from the University of California, Riverside and his MA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.