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October 24 2012

White House Deputy Assistant to the President Raquel Russell to Co-Chair Working Group Session at HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

Atlanta – October 24, 2012 – Empowerment leader Operation HOPE announced today that Raquel Russell Special Assistant to the President for Mobility and Opportunity, Domestic Policy Council is set to Co-Chair a Working Group Session on The Role of Government in a Reset World at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (HGFDS) at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia, November 14 – 15th, 2012.

Russell, who also holds a speakers role, will help lead a discussion that will frame and provide solutions around critical issues outlining financial empowerment and government responsibility. Working Group sessions are designed to touch on powerful, inspirational and aspirational themes that speak to the future of “making free enterprise work for all.”

The event comes together under the theme of Community, Character and Responsible Capitalism. The U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will keynote the event.

Since joining the White Domestic Policy Council in September 2010, Russell has worked on various policy issues including economic mobility, place-based initiatives, nutrition policy, health care, and various women’s issues. She now leads the urban affairs and economic mobility team, which focuses on a range of issues important to urban communities across America and policies that create ladders of opportunity for struggling families; including community and economic development, housing, transportation, and anti-poverty and nutrition programs.

Before joining the White House, Russell played a key role in developing several of the major provisions of the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, while serving as Legislative Counsel for U.S. Senator Tom Carper. Russell’s prior experience includes working on various domestic policy issues for both the National Governors Association and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, including policy matters relating to the safety net and income support programs, immigration, housing and transportation.

In Russell’s current capacity as well as her previous positions, the common thread throughout her career has been a focus on the needs of underserved communities and vulnerable populations. Russell received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a double major in Speech Communication and Political Science from the University of Miami, where she graduated with honors.

The HGFDS is the culmination of 20th Anniversary celebrations for the financial dignity nonprofit. During the two-day event more than 1,000 financial industry professionals, community, government and faith leaders will join in a discussion to frame a positive vision of how to make free enterprise and capitalism work in a reset world..

To learn how you can participate in the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit, check here, or join the conversation online at our online mini-summit, Talking Dignity.