Councilman Mark Russell's Bio

Mark Russell, moved to Huntsville with his parents in 1973. He attended Jones Valley Elementary School, Whitesburg Middle School and Huntsville High. Mark graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

After graduation, Mark has held various positions in the electronics and defense industries and now is a Vice President of Kord C3I, a locally owned government contractor.

As a father with two young children, Mark has worked hard to see that all children in our community have an opportunity to reach their full potential. He has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club from 1996 to 2002 and was the Chairman of the Board for a three-year period from 1999-2001. Under his leadership, the organization expanded to seven clubs with a budget over one million dollars. In addition to work in the local community, Mark served as Chair of the Alabama Area Council of Boys and Girls Clubs. In recognition of his service, Mark has received the Alabama Area Council Outstanding Achievement Award, Area Council Liaison Award for Significant Contribution to Youth, The Outstanding Leadership Award and the Boys and Girls Club of Americaís National Medallion.

Mark, a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County's Class 9, has also served the program by being a member of its Board for 4 years and chairing the Youth Leadership Program. In addition, Mark has been active with numerous other community agencies including The Volunteer Center, The Huntsville Rotary Club, Huntsville Hospital Foundation Development Board, Madison County Auburn Alumni Association, Huntsville Middle School PTA, Randolph School, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and as a tutor at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School.

Mr. Russell was elected to the Huntsville City Council in October of 2002 and 2006 to represent the citizens of District 2. He served as President of the Council in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006. His responsibilities include serving on the Cummings Research Park Board, Operation Green Team, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Huntsville Sports Commission.

In his spare time, Mark referees high school football and umpires baseball. He was honored to be a member of the officiating crew for the 2004 6A State Championship, the 2005 4A State Championship and the 2006 6A State Championship game between Hoover and Prattville.

Mark is married to April Russell and they have two daughters, Mary Allen and Bailey. Mr. Russell is a member of First Presbyterian Church where he is an Elder and was a youth leader for over ten years.