About Russell

A Lifetime of Service to Greenville

Russell StallNineteen years ago I returned to my hometown of Greenville.  Before coming home, I spent 16 years in Washington, DC and then Atlanta. The Greenville I left as a graduate of Greenville High School in 1978 was nothing like the Greenville I returned to, and is certainly nothing like the Greenville we enjoy today.

Greenville has become the envy of communities throughout the country because of intentional, visionary planning, and engaged leadership. I am proud of the work of our current Council and Mayor Knox White, and want to continue the work they have done.

I have dedicated much of my life to serving Greenville. In 1978, as a senior at Greenville High, I served as the Youth Coordinator for Max Heller’s congressional campaign.  At that time, I made a pledge to Max that one day I would run for office, which I am fulfilling 40 years later.

Since returning to Greenville in 1998, I have been deeply committed to the improvement of this community I care so deeply about. I have dedicated my life to service to Greenville.

Twelve years ago I created Greenville Forward, a nonprofit organization responsible for facilitating and shepherding a community vision for Greenville. Focusing on creating a Greenville that is a learning community, creative, connected, green, innovative, healthy, and inclusive, Greenville Forward built relationships and connections within the community that continue to make Greenville one of the most livable communities in the country.

I am running for City Council because I am passionate about Greenville and understand ways we can continue to improve. Since my retirement, I have the time and energy to totally dedicate my efforts to City Council. My long history of listening to different voices from all over our community will ensure that Greenville is a place where all people can thrive and be significant.


My commitment to Greenville and qualifications include:


Greenville High School – 1978
Washington and Lee University · BA –  1982
Emory University Goizuetta School · MBA – 1989


Leadership Greenville · Distinguished Alumni of the Year
Greenville Rotary Service Above Self Award
Greenville Business Magazine · Greenville’s 50 Most Influential – Three years

Business and Leadership

Leadership Greenville · Board Chair, Program Facilitator (12 years), SIMSOC Facilitator
TEDxGreenville · Organizer and License Holder
Rotary Club of Greenville · President
Rotary Club District 33 · Metro Council President
Greenville Chamber of Commerce · Board of Regents
Youth Leadership Greenville · Founding Organizing Committee
Greenville Chamber of Commerce “Talent Retention” Task Force
Greenville Chamber of Commerce PULSE Young Professionals · Advisory Board, Pacesetters Mentor
Ten at the Top · Founding Board Member

Community Service

Greenville Police Foundation · Founding Board Member
Greenville Homelessness Task Force · Facilitator, Report Developer
Greenville Workforce Housing Trust Fund · Task Force Member
Junior League of Greenville · Advisory Board
Swamp Rabbit Trail · Founding Task Force Team
Riverside Neighborhood Association · Founder and President, Chair – Traffic Calming Task Force
Greenville Woodworkers Guild · VP of Fundraising, Board Member

Human Services

Metropolitan Arts Council · Board Member
Warehouse Theatre · Board Member
Bon Secours St. Francis Healthcare Foundation · Board Member
United Negro College Fund · Gala Honorary Chair (2 years)
Cancer Society of Greenville County · Board President
Clement’s Kindness · Board Member
Friends of the Greenville Zoo · Board Member
Project Host Soup Kitchen · Board Member, Kitchen Volunteer

Educational Organizations

Southside High School PTSA · President, Treasurer
Hughes Academy of Technology · SIC, Strategic Planning Task Force
Greenville University Center · Advisory Board, 20th Anniversary Committee
Davidson College Parent’s Council · Council Chair
Greenville High School · Student Body President
Greenville First Steps · Consultant for Inaugural Grant Application

Professional Development

Leadership Greenville – Program Graduate, Class Speaker
Leadership South Carolina · Program Graduate
Riley Institute at Furman · Diversity Leaders Initiative – Class Two
Furman University · Diploma in Corporate Sustainability
Furman University  · Liberal Arts Leadership Graduate
Rotary Leadership Institute · Program Graduate
University of the South (Sewanee) School of Theology · Education for Ministry Graduate
Urban Land Institute South Carolina · Leadership Academy Graduate
Peace Center Voices · Poet


Triune Mercy Center · Church Member
Married to Susan Stall; 26 years
Two children: Hampton (24) and Harrison (21)
Certified Journeyman Beekeeper, SC Master Gardener

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