Biography of Daniel A. Russell
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Dan Russell is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for relations with Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and for international security and arms control issues in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. A career member of the Foreign Service, Mr. Russell served as Chief of Staff to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns from 2008 to 2009, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow, Russia from 2005 to 2008, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 2000 to 2003.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 1983, Mr. Russell has held positions in Washington and abroad, including: Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, Director of the Office of European Political and Security Affairs, Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, Special Assistant for Europe to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and First Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Mr. Russell has worked in the State Department offices responsible for relations with the United Kingdom and Cuba and served at the U.S. Embassies in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Russell has an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine. He has received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award for his work at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, as well as numerous Department of State awards. Mr. Russell speaks Russian, Spanish, and French.
He and his wife have two children.