Annie Russo joined ACI-NA in April 2008 and currently is Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs. She develops and leads ACI-NA’s advocacy strategies on the many pressing legislative challenges facing the industry. Russo previously served as Managing Director, Government and Political Affairs where she monitored congressional actions and worked primarily with House of Representatives staff regarding the broad scope of issues affecting member airports and the greater aviation industry, including transportation appropriations and tax policies.
Prior to ACI-NA, Russo served as Legislative Director for Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), directing legislative policy and handling the congressman’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Financial Services Committee assignments.
Prior to joining Rep. Sires’ staff, she served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Steven Rothman (D-N.J.), assisting with his work on the Transportation Subcommittee of Appropriations and working closely with local airports on issues surrounding safety, noise reduction and airspace redesign. Russo spent her first three years on Capitol Hill working for Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.),who represents her hometown of South Deerfield, Mass.
Russo is a graduate of Smith College, with a degree in government and public policy, and also holds a master’s degree in national security studies from the Naval War College.