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
[email protected], 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 Coomercialization 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.



Tina Sanha'
Executive Administrative Associate
[email protected], 202-994-6191

Mariett “Tina” Sanha’ is the Executive Administrative Associate for the Office of Industry and Corporate Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). In her role, she manages the office, handles meeting logistics and serves as a liaison between the AVP and the private sector to support mutually beneficial research opportunities. She has over ten years of administrative experience and previously worked in the Office of Medical Education at George Washington University before joining OVPR.  Prior to this, she worked at the International Develop Program Office at Johns Hopkins University.  A West African native from Guinea-Bissau, Tina received her bachelor’s degree in European Politics from Modern University in Lisbon, Portugal. She is delighted to be a part of the OVPR Team and looks forward to making positive contributions to the research mission.