While we are sad to see him go, we are thrilled that someone with such a commitment to cooperatives will be serving in our state's top agricultural position. Russell has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 20 years serving Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. He worked on Capitol Hill as Ag Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and served for 16 years in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, serving as secretary from 2009-2011 under Governor Rendell.
Russell is a native of Pennsylvania and grew up on and operated a dairy farm. He has a longtime commitment to cooperatives stemming from his early farm years when he attended youth programs sponsored by cooperatives. While at the PA Department of Agriculture, Russell supported the formation and development of KDC. He is in his second year as a member of the KDC Board of Directors.