Sage Russell is associate director of the S&T Policy Fellowships. In this capacity she oversees nine staff in the fellowship programmatic operations, and supervises outreach to and partnerships with federal agencies, congressional offices, and collaborating sponsor societies. Sage orchestrates the selection and placement processes; directs applicant and fellow communication and services; guides the professional development activities; conducts quality control on the monitoring and reporting processes; reviews and edits policies, guidelines, and standard operating procedures for program activities; and implements programmatic enhancements. In addition, she reviews proposals and actively participates in recruitment and outreach activities. Sage assists the director with strategic planning, developing and launching new initiatives, and formulating program policy.
Prior to joining the Fellowships staff in 2003, Sage spent six years as a senior program associate in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program, where she edited and contributed to several books on economic, social and cultural human rights. Before joining AAAS, she served as government grants manager at PLAN International, an international development NGO, and as associate director of Alumni Relations at Middlebury College.
She received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, a master's degree in adult education from the University of Rhode Island, and a JD from Emory University School of Law. Sage spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo.