Russell Cartwright is a founder and President of Cartwright & Associates. He is active in Republican and Democratic 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 and expert in developing bipartisan coalitions within the Congress to support legislative and policy goals.
Prior to the founding of Cartwright & Associates, Mr. Cartwright was a founding partner of Cartwright & Riley, Inc. where we represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky before the federal government and the National Governor's Association. Among major corporate clients, C&R assisted Anthem BCBS in communications with Governors, the Congress and Clinton Administration officials on major issues including HIPPA implementation and Anthem's merger with Wellpoint. 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 and Bush 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, health care, 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. Not for profit clients include Nova Southeastern University, the National Ethanol Vehicle Association, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Cooper Hospital University Medical Center and the City of Camden, NJ.