Russell began with GSNCA in January 2013 as the community partnership chief and has more than 19 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Russell is a former Hoover firefighter and founder of Kid One Transport, a nonprofit organization in Alabama that has transported today more than 20,000 medically ill children to the doctor. After passing the baton at Kid One Transport, Russell has held the positions of director of development for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, chief operating officer for the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and chief development officer for Sight Savers America. Additionally, he has worked with several nonprofits in a consulting role. Russell has received numerous honors, including CNN News Hero in 2008 and one of AOL’s Amazing Dads in 2010.
Russell’s civic involvement includes past president of the Birmingham Junior Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Birmingham Council of Clubs, past trustee chair of Discovery United Methodist, past board vice-president of the Hoover City Schools Foundation, past board member of Voices for Alabama’s Children, past PTO president at Deer Valley Elementary in Hoover and he currently serves on the board for Children’s Aid Society and the Hoover City Schools Foundation.
Russell and his wife, Mary, have two children. The family attends Church of the Highlands in Birmingham.