Randall H. Russell

President and Chief Executive Officer


Randall H. Russell joined the Foundation for a St. Petersburg in March 2015 as the founding President and CEO. He brings to the philanthropy sector a 30-year dossier of social innovation, creative partnerships and effective advocacy and policy work.

Russell began his career in the social sector in the early 1990s as an AIDS volunteer and activist in his native South. He founded/co-founded Healthcare Responses, Collaborative Solutions, the Southern AIDS Coalition, the National AIDS Housing Coalition and the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS. He 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. Russell has raised more than $100 million in grants and private gifts throughout his career and leveraged those dollars at least three-fold in various ways for communities.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Russell worked as a professional bassoonist and spent many years as a marketing, public relations and development employee for orchestras across the United States.