2020 Keynote Address: The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Randall H. Russell & Carl R. Lavender, Jr.

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Incorporating Equity into Experiential Learning + The Importance of Data

Randall H. Russell

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

The Center for Healthy Equity Story: Agility and Multi-Sector Collaboration

Carl R. Lavender, Jr.

Chief Equity Officer

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

About the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is a private foundation formed in 2013 following the sale of the nonprofit Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. It is the steward of $150 million in assets to support health equity in Pinellas County. The Foundation inspires and empowers people, ideas, information exchange, organizations and relationships to end differences in health due to social or structural disadvantages to improve population health. In 2019, it opened the Center for Health, a place where people come together to find the resources and partners to advance race equity and achieve health equity.

About Randall

Randall H. Russell joined the Foundation for a St. Petersburg in March 2015 as the founding President and CEO. He brings to the philanthropy sector a 30-year dossier of social innovation, creative partnerships and effective advocacy and policy work.

Russell began his career in the social sector in the early 1990s as an AIDS volunteer and activist in his native South. He founded/co-founded Healthcare Responses, Collaborative Solutions, the Southern AIDS Coalition, the National AIDS Housing Coalition and the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lifelong, a $30 million nonprofit based in Seattle that provides home-delivered meals, housing, care coordination, and policy/advocacy efforts for those with chronic illness including HIV/AIDS. Russell has raised more than $100 million in grants and private gifts throughout his career and leveraged those dollars at least three-fold in various ways for communities.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Russell worked as a professional bassoonist and spent many years as a marketing, public relations and development employee for orchestras across the United States.

About Carl

In his role as Chief Equity Officer, Carl R. Lavender, Jr. guides community investments including grants, partnerships and program design, in alignment with the Foundation’s mission of racial and health equity. Lavender works with President and CEO Randall H. Russell to plan, assess, and direct Foundation strategy and resources to advance race equity to achieve health equity in Pinellas County. He will serve as a resource and sounding board for staff and community partners seeking the most effective and impactful ways to build a race equity movement in the region.

Lavender’s previous roles with the Foundation include Senior Director of Programs and Chief Engagement Advocate Officer. He has made a notable career leading nonprofit organizations in Pinellas County for the past 20 years and served in high level community advancement and fundraising positions in Chicago and Cleveland nonprofits prior to that.

Lavender holds a bachelor’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from The Ohio State University and a master’s in Human Services – Non-Profit Organizational Management (cum laude) from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

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