Randall H. Russell

President and CEO


Randall H. Russell joined the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg in March 2015 as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer. With a dossier that spans 30 years, he is especially adept at helping communities galvanize and flourish through high-level advocacy efforts, individual tenaciousness, and a commitment to using both private and public sector resources to create systemic and community change.

He is a recognized community leader and innovator with deep-end experience in progressive community development, public housing, strategic planning, nonprofit consulting, public relations, collaboration, outcome measures, grant acquisition, marketing, and professional speaking.

Russell cares deeply that the organizations under his leadership thrive as they fulfill the missions. He is a skilled marketer and a high level conceptual thinker and has been able to use these talents within and through work that spans 30 states.

Prior to joining the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Randall served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lifelong, a $30 million nonprofit based in Seattle that provides home-delivered meals, housing, care coordination, and policy/advocacy efforts for those with chronic illness including HIV/AIDS.

There, and at other organizations, he drove the mantra of comprehensive solutions to complicated problems. For example, as executive director of AIDS Alabama for nearly 10 years, the nonprofit addressed the ancillary problems of AIDS through creative efforts at housing development, supportive services, case management, transportation, and even meal delivery. Under Russell’s tenure, the group grew from limited funding and one staff member to field a $4.7 million budget with 60+ staff and brought in more than $20 million in grants.

Russell has an social entrepreneurs’ grasp on the opportunities available through innovative partnerships. He has founded/co-founded Healthcare Responses, Collaborative Solutions, the Southern AIDS Coalition, and the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS.

To fulfill his desire to create permanent change for disenfranchised communities, Randall advocates for others as former president of the National AIDS Housing Coalition based in Washington D.C. He testified before the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama administrations. In addition, he has volunteered and Chaired of the Partnership Steering Committee of the Housing and Homelessness Committee of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

When possible, Russell enjoys giving back to his profession through teaching social work as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington and the University of Alabama. He is a proud alumnus of Indiana University (Bachelor of Arts) and of the University of Alabama (Master of Social Work).

Interestingly, Randy was also a professional bassoonist in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and spent many years as a marketing, public relations and development employee for six orchestras across the United States. In his spare time, he loves cooking and the great outdoors.