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Patty Russell

    Managing Director


Patty Russell has more than 12 years of experience advising corporations, private foundations, and nonprofit organizations on strategy, program design, evaluation, and operational improvement.

Role at FSG

Patty is part of FSG’s Leadership Team and leads the Catalytic Philanthropy approach area. She has led a variety of engagements at FSG, including projects focused on global health, evaluation, CSR, shared value, and community-based philanthropy. Recent work includes leading a large community foundation in Texas through a strategic planning process for its discretionary funds, working with a three billion dollar global development foundation on its strategic learning and evaluation system, and collaborating with a major U.S. retailer on the launch of its flagship literacy initiative.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, Patty worked on evaluation and strategy projects as a manager of business planning at Biogen Idec, a Boston-based biotechnology firm. She has worked significantly in the nonprofit sector, from developing patient healthcare improvement initiatives at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston to supporting programmatic strategies at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. Patty also has worked and volunteered in five Latin American countries on community health projects with the Ministries of Health.


  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business, MBA
  • Middlebury College, BA, cum laude in history and political science


  • Board of Managers, University Family Seattle YMCA

On Working at FSG

"When I joined FSG in 2006, I was looking for a place that would allow me to combine my business and strategy background with my passion for the social sector. FSG provided this and continues to amaze me in its ability to quickly adapt to meet the field’s evolving needs. There is no “one size fits all” approach to our work, and I enjoy most the opportunities to visit and learn first-hand about what makes each of the communities in which our clients work unique. From interviews along the Riverwalk in San Antonio to focus groups in the foothills of the Vermont Green Mountains, these experiences ground our work, and provide critical perspective on the social issues facing our clients and their communities."


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