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Xavier Russell


A true grassroots level practitioner, Xavier understands that focusing on the strengths of a community rather than its deficiencies and engaging residents and other civic groups is crucial to developing solutions to issues that have a positive impact. Xavier has lead several successful community based initiatives at local, regional and national levels and currently serves on the board for the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at DePaul University, a think tank and leading authority on community development. 

In 2020 Xavier founded PerMission LLC as a means of bringing together leading community engagement professionals from various sectors to offer innovative and pragmatic solutions. 

Xavier Russell is currently the Director of Community Engagement with Neighborhood Partners, LLC, where he supports a regional team on a broad range of community initiatives, helps develop the strategic direction of the organization civic engagement efforts and support resident engagement opportunities at several communities. 

Xavier spent the previous eight years with United Way Suncoast in Tampa, Florida, most recently as the Director of Neighborhood Initiatives where he worked to position the organization as a leader in place-based work in the region. Xavier has over ten years of broad-based experience in resource development, corporate and community engagement, project management and grassroots community development. He currently serves on the board for the Asset Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University, and co-chairs the organization's fund development committee. 

Xavier has a "passion for people" and has dedicated much of his career to connecting individuals and communities with resources and improving systems and programs that help create sustainable community development. Xavier has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Albany State University (Albany, GA).​

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