Financial And Technology Campaign Team Lead

Economic Policy Researcher


Russ Grote is a managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies where he leads communications teams and conducts economic policy research with an emphasis on financial regulation, tax reform, green energy, tech policy, and labor markets.

As a communications lead, Russ’ teams have executed public policy advocacy campaigns targeting policymakers in D.C. and abroad, explained investment theses and fundamentals driving lawsuits to domestic and international markets, and advised clients on crises of reputation. Additionally, he has served as spokesperson for two coalitions.

Within his role as a policy researcher at HPS, Russ has co-authored presentations and reports on Dodd-Frank, the Volcker Rule, the state of the financial services industry, tax debates during the fiscal cliff negotiations, immigration reform, and student debt. He has also published commentary on the labor market as part of HPS Jobs Day Fact Sheet.

Outside of these core activities, Russ assists the Fiscal Challenge, a non-profit educational organization that seeks to engage college and high school students on U.S. budget challenges. He also helped develop the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI), the first living consumer confidence index that is both real-time and capable of being cross-tabulated against economic, demographic, and cultural variables. The ESI has enabled additional research projects on the effects of student debt, oil price drops, and the expiration of extended unemployment insurance benefits on consumer confidence.

Prior to HPS, Russ spent more than a year in Africa – primarily in Kenya and South Africa – as a volunteer for a network of orphanages, a research assistant, and for travel.

Raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Russ graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in African Studies with focuses on political economy.