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CVA names new Executive Director

By Concerned Veterans for America

Grassroots veterans group promotes Russ Duerstine to executive director


ARLINGTON, Va.—Building off the success of the last 10 years, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) announced Russ Duerstine will become the organization’s new executive director, replacing Nate Anderson who has accepted an opportunity to become Stand Together Foundation’s executive vice president for operations.

Duerstine, an Air Force veteran and proud military parent, will bring to the role his extensive experience in grassroots activation and political advocacy, as well as his resolute passion for rallying veterans’ voices and energy to shape a positive future for the country.

Duerstine had this to say about taking on his new role:

“I want to hand my children and my grandchildren what was handed to me – a prosperous, free nation. Today, more than ever before in our nation’s history, it is vital we use every opportunity to stand up for liberty and prosperity to ensure the freedoms our veterans fought for are not threatened. I have seen CVA’s grassroots warriors build a strong reputation and proven track record in driving real change and principled policy to improve American lives; and there is no better organization to continue bringing the veteran spirit of service and sacrifice to the table to find real solutions for a better future. It is an honor and privilege to lead this premier organization, and I am excited for what we will achieve going forward.” 

Nate Anderson, CVA’s outgoing executive director praised Duerstine:

“Russ has been an integral part of the CVA team for years, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership acumen to the role through his experience at every level of the organization. He has proven to be a natural leader, trusted teammate, and dedicated advocate for CVA and its grassroots army. With Russ at the helm, CVA is in good hands, there is no doubt the future for the organization and the country is bright.” 

Duerstine joined CVA in 2014 with CVA’s Texas state chapter where he managed numerous grassroots activations and advocacy campaigns. His success with the chapter led to his promotion to deputy state director, where he became an instrumental part of the CVA team as he worked to scale his knowledge and expertise to CVA’s other state chapters. In 2019 he was named CVA’s deputy director, working to manage CVA’s grassroots operation and policy advocacy efforts. Duerstine for the past year has assumed an acting directorial role for CVA in Anderson’s absence for a military deployment.