Staff Spotlight: Savannah Russell

Staff Spotlight: Savannah Russell

March 14, 2024

Briefly describe your role at Golden LEAF.
My role is to assist in our External Affairs efforts at Golden LEAF. I work with the Vice President/Chief of Staff on our government affairs efforts. I help plan and coordinate external outreach and visits for the President and others at Golden LEAF. I also plan and coordinate Golden LEAF hosted events and on-campus Golden LEAF Scholarship events, working with external organizations and people to execute the events.

Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate. Innovative. Extroverted.

What’s your favorite part of your job and why?
My favorite part of my job has been getting to connect with so many people and grow and share the mission of Golden LEAF. Whether that is at the General Assembly or talking with the universities and our scholars, I see the good that Golden LEAF leads to. Golden LEAF provides so much positive change in rural communities. Being a small part of that process is something that I am really passionate about.

What is your favorite pastime outside of work?
My favorite pastime outside of work has to be going to NC State sporting events. From the time I was a few months old to today I have constantly had NC State athletics as a big part of my life. With undergraduate and graduate degrees at NC State, and as a part of a longline of Wolfpack graduates in my family, it is something that I can do with many of my family members and friends. As Phillp Rivers once said, “Wolfpack ain’t for soft people.”

What is your biggest work-related accomplishment within the last year?
Working with key stakeholders, internally and externally, and with state lawmakers to advance Golden LEAF’s mission and in turn continuing the work to support rural communities in North Carolina.

What motivates you to support long-term economic development in rural, tobacco-dependent, and economically distressed communities?
My grandparents and family run and operate a farm in rural Northeastern North Carolina. From the time I was a child I recognized how important rural North Carolina was to not only the state, but the entire nation. The drive for investment into these communities means so much to me because it is essential, and without them we would see a bad chain reaction. I am so thankful to be able to work for an organization that can make a true difference.

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