Michelle Russo is chief communications officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She leads the communications team’s media relations, digital, speech writing, message and narrative development, and PR strategy to promote the Chamber’s free enterprise and pro-business mission.
Before joining the Chamber, Russo spent four years in London as executive vice president of Global Communications for Discovery, Inc., where she supervised cross-functional marketing and communications teams across the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. In addition, she led the top-to-bottom communications and public affairs strategy for the company’s groundbreaking first broadcast of the Olympic Winter Games across Europe. Prior to relocating to London, she served as the company’s senior vice president of Corporate Affairs & Communications in the U.S. There she built and managed Discovery’s reputation as a global media leader, including its debut as a publicly traded company.
Earlier in her career, Russo was the primary spokesperson on media regulation at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under both Democratic and Republican leadership. There she led public relations for major policy initiatives, including the relaxation of media ownership rules and regulatory reviews of industry mergers. She also served on the FCC crisis response team after the September 11 attacks.
Russo earned a Master of Arts in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in business administration, from UCLA.