Robyn Russell

Russell, Robyn
Deputy Director, Universal Access Project, United Nations Foundation

Robyn Russell is the Deputy Director of the Universal Access Project at the United Nations Foundation, a project to strengthen U.S. leadership on international women’s health and rights. In her role, Robyn works to advance innovative global health policies to address key issues facing girls and women such as limited access to reproductive and maternal health, child marriage, gender-based violence, and gender equality. She travels to Latin America, Africa, and Asia observing USAID- and UN-funded programs and spearheads an initiative documenting impact. Additionally, Robyn leads an initiative working with multinational companies to invest in women's health and empowerment programs in their supply chains. 

Before joining the UN Foundation, Robyn worked for five years on Capitol Hill, most recently as Legislative Director for Congressman Quigley where she crafted and oversaw the overarching legislative plan and led development and execution of legislative agendas in the areas of health care, international affairs, education, and gender issues.

Outside of work, Robyn founded the Person First Project, a photo blog aimed at raising awareness of homelessness by sharing first-person stories from people experiencing homelessness. And she is a trained comprehensive sexuality education facilitator, and volunteers as a sex education teacher in Washington, D.C. 

Robyn received her master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University.