Core Team

The Office of Industry & Corporate Research was created in October 2011 with the aim of advancing GW's research efforts to be the principal point of contact between our industry and corporate partners and the university to develop mutually beneficial outcomes. 

Thomas Prescott Russo
Assistant Vice President, Industry & Corporate Research, 202-994-7619

Thomas Prescott Russo became OVPR’s first Assistant Vice President for Industry & Corporate Research in October 2011. He is tasked with forging partnerships with private companies and foundations to fund research and other special projects and initiatives at GW. He works closely with faculty within GW research centers and institutes who are looking to connect their innovative research projects with industry leaders. Tom also works closely with GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Technology Commercialization Office to help develop and commercialize technologies initiated at GW.

Before coming to GW, Mr. Russo spent over 20 years cultivating relationships between private companies and the public sector. He was the chief financial officer for both public and private corporations and helped found many start-up companies, many of which are highly successful today. As chief financial officer, he managed licenses, patents and contracts with major universities for research grants and intellectual property and successfully raised over $200m in equity.

Prior to his corporate roles, Tom worked at the World Bank (IBRD) and its private sector affiliate, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he was responsible for providing debt/equity funding for major projects in the energy, industrial and tech sectors. Russo received his B.A. in Government and Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his MBA in International Business and Finance from GW.


Barbara Hosler
Project Coordinator, Industry & Corporate Research, 202-994-6191

Prior to her current role, Barbara served nearly two years in the Office of the Registrar at Texas A&M University. In her role as an assistant registrar, she was the assistant editor of the university catalogs where she coordinated with more than 250 campus administrators, deans, and faculty and staff members on catalog content as well as assisting with training on the university’s new catalog management software.

After raising her family, and while continuing to support her husband’s military career, Barbara was determined to reach her lifelong goal of earning a college degree. In 2013, she graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. One highlight of being a student at Texas A&M was sitting next to her youngest son in the same class.