Russell Cartwright is a founder and President of Cartwright & Associates.
He is active in Democratic and Republican politics and works closely with elected and appointed officials from both political parties.
He has effectively represented U.S. corporate and public sector clients before all levels of government, elected officials and the media. He is a skilled strategist with expertise in developing bipartisan coalitions within the Congress to support legislative and policy goals.
Cartwright & Associates represents clients in education, health care, health and biotech research, defense and immigration. Current successes include securing appropriations to establish academically-based medical research programs, Covid-related research and clinical care projects, support for classified defense research projects, and federal and state environmental response activities for coral reef disease. Mr. Cartwright also works with major stakeholders in the EB5 immigrant investor program and represented the national EB5 trade association, IIUSA from its creation in 2006 through 2016.
Prior to the founding of Cartwright & Associates, Mr. Cartwright was a founding partner of Cartwright & Riley, Inc. (C&R) where he represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky before the federal government and the National Governor's Association. C&R assisted Kentucky Governor Paul Patton as Chairman of the NGA and DGA in all phases of policy development, legislative advocacy and implementation. Major corporate clients included Anthem BCBS and its successor Wellpoint, American Airlines, Harris Chemical Group, GTECH, Lucent Technologies and others requiring communications with Governors, the US Congress and Presidential Administration officials.
Mr. Cartwright gained extensive experience representing corporate, governmental, and international clients at Burson Marsteller's Washington- based lobbying arm with close ties to the Reagan, Bush and Clinton Administrations as well as Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress. In this position, he represented corporations, universities, state and local governmental agencies and international clients. Mr. Cartwright was responsible for lobbying, analysis and communications on legislative issues, coalition development and management, grassroots campaigns, strategic planning and issues management.
Mr. Cartwright served from 1978 to 1985 as an aide in the United States Senate for the Senate Republican Conference, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and for U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins (R-Florida). As Projects Director for Senator Hawkins, he was responsible for urban aid, community economic development and federal funding for state and local infrastructure and educational institutions.
He has extensive experience in appropriations, education, immigration policy, health care, transportation, energy and renewable fuels and urban development issues. Public sector clients have included Dade County, the City of Miami, and Orange County in the State of Florida; the City of Camden, New Jersey; the South Carolina Economic Development Board and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Nonprofit clients include Nova Southeastern University, the Invest in the US Association (IIUSA), the National Ethanol Vehicle Association, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Cooper Hospital University Medical Center and the City of Camden, NJ.