is Principal of Donna Russell Consulting, LLC, a global health consulting firm that specializes in strategic and technical support to facilitate research, development, and implementation of new interventions to improve health globally. Her clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxford University, and the World Health Organization (WHO). She is currently working with WHO to establish in-country bio-banks through the standardized and harmonized collection of biological samples and associated clinical data from pregnant women in Africa and SE Asia to facilitate research on preterm birth, stillbirth, preeclampsia, and other conditions that result in maternal and newborn mortality.
Prior to starting her own consulting company, she co-founded the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), where she served as Director of Research Development. While there, she led the development and successful launch of the GAPPS Repository and provided strategic leadership to advance basic and translational research globally to improve maternal and newborn health.
Before co-founding GAPPS in 2007, she served as a senior policy advisor to the Washington State Board of Health and as a health services consultant to the Washington State Department of Health. She also served as a consultant to other organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Seattle hospitals, and local tribes. Her experience covers health advocacy, policy development and analysis, implementation, research harmonization, health systems strengthening, public health financing, health workforce shortages, tribal health, health disparities, and maternal health.
Ms. Russell is a member of the PRE-EMPT Technical Advisory Group; the Preeclampsia Registry and Biobank, Scientific Advisory Board, Executive Committee; and the Group B Strep International Advisory Board. She has a Bachelor of Science, Nutrition and Food Science from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Natural Resources, and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington School of Public Health & Community Medicine.