Marta McLellan Ross serves as the Acting Director of Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), drawing on 10 years of legislative experience to represent USAGM and its five media networks to Members of Congress and their staff. She manages strategy and coordinates among the USAGM entities on the Agency’s Congressional outreach and development of legislative proposals. She is responsible for leading the Agency’s preparation for Congressional hearings, and directs the Agency’s response to Congressional oversight, working closely with the relevant committees or Members on their inquiries.
Prior to joining the Agency in 2017, McLellan Ross was awarded a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellowship in Tokyo, where she researched and published on Japan’s national security reforms and the U.S.-Japan security alliance.
She previously served as Military Legislative Assistant for Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) on the Senate Armed Services Committee. In this role, McLellan Ross advanced legislation to prevent military suicide, and worked with the Veterans Committee to support a legislative solution for a constituent whose daughter suffered from her father’s exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, benefiting approximately 1,000 children under the Veterans Administration system.
From 2009 to 2013, McLellan Ross was the foreign policy advisor to Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In this role, she supported the Senator’s oversight of U.S.-Asia policy, including investigations of U.S.-taxpayer funded development contracts in Africa that were awarded to Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies; her investigation resulted in a revision of official policy regarding these contracts.
Prior to her Senate advisory roles, McLellan Ross was a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a bipartisan institution mandated to advise the U.S. Congress on U.S.-China policy. Her research portfolio encompassed China’s foreign policy, China’s global investments and influence, energy and environmental policy, and managed the security policy team.
McLellan Ross holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a B.A. in Asian Studies and Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College. She is a 2001 Harry S. Truman Scholar, awarded for her commitment to a career in public service.