Essence Russ

Family Resource Center Director

Essence has been with Southwest Youth and Family Services since January of 2017. She holds her MA in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University and a BA in Communication Studies from Seattle University. Essence comes to Southwest Youth and Family Services with 9½ years of non-profit experience here in Seattle. She spent 2 years in direct services and 3½ years in management at Treehouse. She began her non-profit experience as a Residential Counselor at Spruce St. SCRC with Pioneer Human Services and ended her time there as a supervisor for the last 3 years. Essence believes in the family as a priority and is an advocate for equity, equality, and humane acts.