Leon Russell

Leon W. Russell is one busy man! He not only serves as Chair of the American Children’s Campaign Board of Directors, but also as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP. Leon retired in January 2012 after serving as the Director of the Office of Human Rights for Pinellas County, a position he held since January 1977.

He has been involved with the National Board of Directors of the NAACP since 1990, having also served as its Vice Chairman and Assistance Secretary. He previously was the President of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP for four years (January 1996 – January 2000), after serving for 15 years as its First Vice President.

In September 2007, Leon was elected President of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies. The IAOHRA Membership is agency based and consists of statutory human and civil rights agencies throughout the United States and Canada, and also includes representation from several other nations. These agencies enforce state and local civil rights laws and are actively engaged in reducing and resolving intergroup tension and promoting intergroup relations.

He is also a member of the International City Management Association; member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; past Board Member of the Pinellas Opportunity Council; past President and Board Member of the National Association of Human Rights Workers; and served on the Blueprint Commission on Juvenile Justice with responsibility for recommending reforms to improve the juvenile justice system in the state of Florida.