Barry Russell is president and CEO of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the leading national trade association of independent oil and natural gas producers and service companies in the United States. Independent producers develop 90 percent of the wells in the United States – producing 54 percent of America’s oil and 85 percent of America’s natural gas. Independents can be small, family-owned companies or publicly traded companies. Independent producers play a critical role in the nation’s overall economic vitality and energy security. These companies produce 4 percent of the United States’ Gross Domestic Product and reinvest billions of dollars back into the American economy to discover and to produce more energy in the most responsible, cost-efficient ways possible.
Prior to being elected President in 2000, Russell served as IPAA’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In this role, he was the principal deputy to the President, focusing on legislative policy development as well as the legal and financial administration of the association.
Over the last several years, Russell has worked with over thirty state and national associations to create IPAA’s grassroots network made up of over 50,000 individuals. This network helps the industry express important policy positions to Congress and Washington policymakers. In addition, Russell developed the IPAA Education Center, which is dedicated to teaching students at various levels about energy policy and careers in the industry.
Mr. Russell currently serves on the board of the IPAA Educational Foundation, the Business Industry Political Action Committee, and the National Energy Education Development Project and the North American Prospect Expo (known as NAPE®).
Russell received his law degree with honors from George Washington University Law School, and he graduated with distinction and honors from Penn State University with a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in economics.