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Meet Angela: CRF Welcomes a New Assistant Director!

Angela Russo center for research on families

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is delighted to announce that Angela Russo has joined the Center as our new Assistant Director. Angela will direct communications and planning efforts for programs such as the flagship Tay Gavin Erickson lecture series and the annual Rudd Adoption Conference. She is also responsible for how CRF markets and disseminates recent findings from the many UMass Amherst faculty affiliated with the Center, whose research encompasses a diversity of subjects and disciplines related to family research.

Angela brings a wealth of experience to CRF, having worked for over a decade on marketing initiatives and event planning for ARTnews magazine, the Riverscaping project, CBT Architects and through nonprofit development work. She is excited to guide CRF's marketing strategy for the future, helping to build awareness about the Center's growing resources such as its methodology consulting service and training opportunities, graduate and undergraduate student awards, and the esteemed Family Research Scholars program, now in its thirteenth year.

“With nearly 75 current and past participants in CRF’s groundbreaking Family Research Scholars program, plus dozens of student award recipients still affiliated with the Center, there is so much great research coming out of CRF that we can share with the public,” she reports. Angela earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism at the University before decamping to Manhattan for a management position at the prestigious ARTnews magazine.

Angela is also eager to collaborate with CRF’s leadership, including its faculty director and steering committee, as the Center unfurls new community outreach initiatives over the coming years. As assistant director, she will draw from her marketing experience to help CRF establish a stronger social media presence and to develop its new website. Supervising the Center’s student program assistants, who help by penning news features and organizing the finer logistical details of events, will also fall under Angela’s purview.

“With so many events happening this spring, I find that I’m already immersed in the life of the Center,” laughs Angela. This semester, CRF will host four Tay Gavin Erickson lectures, its annual awards gala and dinner on March 8, and will co-sponsor the eighth annual Rudd Adoption Conference on May 13.

Please join us in welcoming Angela Russo to the Center for Research on Families’ team!