Charlene Russell-Tucker is the Chief Operating Officer for the Connecticut State Department of Education (Department), a role in which she leads priority project management functions to help improve the planning, efficiency, service and delivery effectiveness of the Department's programs and services. She also serves as the Division Chief for the Department's Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness. She is a performance-driven and visionary education leader with over 20 years’ experience in successfully leveraging the inter-connectedness of the social, emotional, physical and mental health of students and their families as foundations for positive school and life outcomes.
She passionately supports family and community engagement in education as well as equity and diversity initiatives. She previously served as Associate Commissioner of Education and Bureau Chief within the Department. Ms. Russell-Tucker participates on various state and national committees; she is co-chair of the Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Children Strategic Action Group on Chronic Absenteeism, and is an expert panel member of committees of the National Academies - Institute of Medicine. She has also served in the role of president of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as a member of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Russell-Tucker has extensive teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at Albertus Magnus College School of New Dimensions, an accelerated degree program. She gives generously of her time on local boards.