Russ McGurk co-founded GoRail, then Growth Options for the 21st Century, in 2004 and helped develop the original strategic plan and core mission that have made GoRail pound-for-pound one of Washington’s most effective grassroots issue advocacy organizations. Appointed president in 2013, McGurk has driven an ongoing modernization of the organization’s field, data and communications systems, enabling GoRail to play a key role in a series of pivotal rail policy debates in Congress.

With over 30 years of management, policy and communications experience on Capitol Hill, in state government and political and issue campaigns, he believes deeply in the value of constituent input to creating sound public policy. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

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