Brad Russell

Brad Russell was hired by the YMCA Board of Directors as the Executive Director in July 2006. Brad 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 also volunteers for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, La Clinica Health Centers and helps the local Gang Prevention Task Force.  As an avid traveler, he has visited YMCAs in more than 35 countries, speaks Mandarin Chinese and a bit of Spanish.



Brad’s Monday Session:

Managing the Early Years: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Starting a Nonprofit

Tips from successful non-profit founders on how to make your organization a success. Join our three panelists, with experience in nonprofit organizations meeting a wide range of community needs; including art, music,wilderness trail access and fair trade. Hear their stories, learn what worked and what didn’t, and get the inside scoop on the good, bad and ugly of building an effective nonprofit from scratch. Bring a few questions and a notebook for a list of helpful resources.

Brad Russell will moderate a panel of local experts including Gabe Howe, Dee Fretwell & Denise Baxter