Russ Montgomery, MHS, is Policy Advisor to the Deputy Secretary for Public Health at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He conducts research and engages in program and policy development for a range of public health issues, with a focus on integrating public health with primary care and innovative health care delivery and financing models. In this role, he also serves as Director of the Governor’s Council on Health Quality and Cost, an expert panel that generates ideas for new health initiatives to reduce costs and improve quality and outcomes, and staffs the Health Care Delivery Reform Subcommittee of the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council. Before joining DHMH, Russ worked as a graduate fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he conducted research on Medicaid enrollment changes and helped develop regulations for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He also worked as a project manager at the Center for Medical Technology Policy, a non-profit focused on improving the evidence base for clinical and health policy decision-making. Russ holds a master of health science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management.