Russell went through multiple placements that spread between Kinship and foster homes. Russell had to search for a foster home on his own to stay in the same school district while in high school. Russell is graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with a B.A. in journalism with a psychology minor, and plans to pursue an MBA at Carnegie Mellon University. For the last four years, Russell has worked as a program evaluator at The Improve Group. Russell hopes to work to expand services in tech while also promoting equity.