Charlene Russell Tucker

Charlene Russell-Tucker is currently serving as the acting commissioner of education for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Until her appointment in March of 2021, she served as the Department’s deputy commissioner, a role in which she oversaw educational supports and wellness priorities. Prior, she served as chief operating officer and division chief for the Department’s Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness. She also served as associate commissioner of Education and Bureau Chief within the Department overseeing a portfolio of programs and services.

Ms. Russell-Tucker has served on various state and national committees, including the Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children Strategic Action Group on Chronic Absence, as President of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an expert panel member on committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Russell-Tucker previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Albertus Magnus College School of New Dimensions.

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