As Executive Director of People and Culture, Russell is responsible for designing, creating, and implementing innovative programs to develop and enhance culture, improve, and measure employee performance, and support organizational change across Crestone’s growing firm.

With more than 15 years of Human Resources leadership experience, Russell executes Crestone’s integrated talent management strategy and delivers a best-in-class candidate and employee experience. Russell is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Prior to Crestone, Russell was a Director of Human Resources at Omaha Community Foundation, one of the top 15 community foundations, where he was responsible for culture development, recruiting, onboarding, and total rewards.

Russell is both a certified Culture Index Facilitator and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

Russell is a very involved parent who helps run lines for his children’s spring musical and volunteers for food drop off for band and football practice. You may even spot him attempting “box step” and “jazz hands” for his daughter’s upcoming show choir tryouts. 

What do you love most about being part of Crestone?
Crestone has assembled some of the best talent in the industry. What a privilege to manage the development and retention of such an ambitious group of people.
What are you passionate about personally?
I am very passionate about education. The changing landscape of that particular profession, especially since the beginning of the pandemic, has challenged teachers in ways never imagined.
What quality of yours makes you best suited to what you do?
I have a passion for culture creation and reimagination. Compliance is a cornerstone of the work I do, but I never lose sight of the people who are affected with every decision. Approaching this work from the heart always leads to the best choices.