Alumnae Profiles: Lovette Twyman Russell, C'83
"Because I am a graduate of Spelman College, I am very passionate about the institution and I am very committed to its success. I am excited to serve on the board and look forward to using my experience in community involvement and fundraising to help Spelman continue to be an exceptional college," said Lovette Twyman Russell when asked about her choice to serve on the board of trustees for Spelman College.
A committed advocate for children's causes, Russell earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Spelman College in 1983. After college, she worked as a computer programmer for a small firm and then went into sales and marketing for the Xerox Corp.
She has been actively involved in fundraising for a number of charitable organizations including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program and the YWCA’s “Open Your Purse” fundraiser. A native of Atlanta, Russell is also involved in fundraising for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta’s annual fundraiser “The Beastly Feast,” the High Museum’s David Driskell Prize and currently serves as Southeast Co-chair of Spelman College’s Capital Campaign.
Russell has been honored for her community work as a 2009 YWCA Woman of Achievement, has been featured in Southern Seasons magazine as an accomplished philanthropist, and was named in Atlanta Woman Magazine as "A Woman of Impact." She serves on the Advisory Council to the National Monument Society, Advisory Council to the Anti-Prejudice Consortium and is an adviser on Children’s Advocacy of Fulton County. She serves on the board for Sheltering Arms, Zoo Atlanta and Trinity School.
Russell recently received the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award during the National Philanthropy Day Awards in Atlanta. The award, given in recognition of longstanding and varied leadership roles in numerous nonprofits,dates back for more than 25 years, including previous honorees as Linda and Stephen Selig III, Jane Cocke Black and Charles Yates Jr.
As a devoted alumna of Spelman College, Russell rallied her friends to raise $90,000 for the College's Starfish Initiative, which helps to ensure the success of graduating seniors who find themselves in financial situations preventing them from graduating from College.