About Russ

Russ Linden is a management educator and author who specializes in organizational change methods. Since 1980, he has helped government, non-profit and private-sector organizations develop leadership, foster innovation, and improve organizational performance. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Universities of Virginia, Maryland and Connecticut, and at the Federal Executive Institute. He writes a column on management innovations for Management Insights, an online column sponsored by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Governing Magazine. In 2003 he was the Williams Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the State University of New York (Fredonia) School of Business.

Russ has studied innovative organizations in Japan and the U.S. His current teaching and consulting interests include leading across organizational boundaries, managing change, strategic thinking and planning, maintaining resiliency, and fostering customer-focused organizations.

He has published numerous articles, and five books. His book Seamless Government: A Practical Guide to Re-engineering in the Public Sector (Jossey-Bass, 1994), is considered the primary source on that topic by many. Working Across Boundaries: Making Collaboration Work in Government and Nonprofit Organizations, is now in its 7th printing. It was a finalist for the best book on nonprofit management in 2002 (awarded by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management). His latest book, Leading Across Boundaries (published 2010), focuses on the leader's roles and challenges in making collaboration work in government and non-profit agencies.

His clients have included several military and intelligence agencies, the National Park Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Departments of State, Treasury, HHS, Interior, Veterans Affairs and Education, and the National Geographic Society. He's also worked with a governor, two state attorneys general, over four dozen state and local government agencies, and wide variety of non-profit agencies in the U.S. and Israel.

Before beginning his full-time practice, Russ was a Senior Faculty Member at the Federal Executive Institute. He was Director of Executive Programs at the University of Virginia's Center for Public Service, taught at the UVa McIntire School of Commerce, and managed programs in the human services field for 10 years.

His volunteer commitments include scholarship programs that help low-income youth afford college. Russ Linden's bachelor's and master's degrees are from the University of Michigan. His Ph.D. is from the University of Virginia. He and his wife have two adult children, and live in Charlottesville, VA.