Meet the Staff: Victoria Russo

Current Title

Policy Analyst

When they joined the firm:

June 2023

Areas of Expertise

Medicaid & Managed Care, Medicare Advantage & employer group waiver plans (EGWPs), Intergovernmental policy

The breadth of experience and knowledge that the different members of our team have. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, places of work, and educational experiences. Because of that, it allows the team to take on a diverse workload that I haven’t seen before in my professional experiences. It’s very easy to forget just how large of a sector healthcare is, but having such an extensive repertoire in our team makes the work we do exciting and offers so much by way of learning from each other both on a personal and professional level. 

Thinking about how far I have come professionally and how far there still is to go is my biggest motivation. It feels like yesterday I was exploring conversations about politics as a teenager with friends, but I still felt as though a career in policy or politics was not one I was fit for. Fast forward to now, two degrees later, and I live and work in Washington, D.C. something I never thought I’d say as a very proud New Yorker. But I’m working every day to think through issues and work towards solutions on pressing policy issues that affect so many people in their everyday lives in a city where so many important decisions are made, and that is an incredible motivator.  

The power of closing my office door can’t be underestimated. When I really need to sit down and focus on something, I will always close my office door and hide behind my monitor in the hopes that anything that comes up while I’m in that space can wait. And usually, it can!  

“While we breathe, we hope.” While variations of the quote can be seen in many places, including the motto for the State of South Carolina, I first heard it during Barack Obama’s victory speech after he was elected on November 4th, 2008 – which was coincidentally also my birthday! It was a monumental day for both him and me and this country. I think about this quote quite often, and it’s one I find myself going back to consistently.

I love to read and have since I was a kid. I hit an all-time personal record of books read in a year during 2020, at the height of the pandemic; I read 100 books that year. I haven’t quite reached that same number since, but my goal this year is to read 52 books, one for each week in the year. So far, I am at 37 out of 52 for the year and halfway through book 38.

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