Brad Russell

Brad Russell is Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Family YMCA in Medford, Oregon.  He received his Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and his Masters degree in Recreation Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He began his YMCA career in 1990 as a Program Specialist at the YMCA of Greater Rochester in New York.  He then took his first sabbatical to complete a 3,500 mile cross country bicycle trip from Maine to California.  Brad went on to volunteer for one year teaching conversational English at a YMCA in the country of Taiwan where he met his wife, Stella.  In 1995, Brad became the Program Director at an ocean-front resident camp, YMCA Camp Surf, in San Diego, California.  From 1999 to 2005, he was the Executive Director of the Monterey Peninsula and South County YMCAs in Monterey County, California.  Brad then took his second sabbatical to hike the entire 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.  Brad serves on the board of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and La Clinica Health Center plus helps with the local Gang Prevention Task Force. 

Brad’s Monday Session:

Engaged and Effective Board Members – What Does It Take?

Board members are at the heart of every nonprofit organization. They act as standard bearers and set policy, act as advocates and fundraisers, set strategy in support of the mission, and strengthen and stabilize the foundation upon which the organization’s staff conducts its work. Both art and science are required to develop and maintain an invigorated, engaged board that can effectively fulfill this complex role.

Jennifer Staton, Program Associate with the Gordon Elwood Foundation, and Jim Maddux, seasoned volunteer and community advocate, will help participants implement a variety of strategies for ensuring your board is engaged and able to effectively move your organization forward. They’ll present actionable ideas in a practical, user-friendly format so participants can put their learnings into practice right away.

This session, designed for board members and staff of both well-established and grassroots organizations, will touch on such topics as board management and expectations, committee structures, communication between board and staff and board and community, optimal use of board meeting time, and evaluation as a valuable tool. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and participate in the discussion for a shared learning experience.