Carolyn Russell is the Executive Director of A Safe Place, Oakland’s first shelter for battered women and their children. For over 30 years, Ms. Russell has worked tirelessly on the issue of domestic violence and all the issues surrounding it: homelessness, low self-esteem, family violence and the psychological residue of abuse within families. Over the course of its now 30 year history, Ms. Russell has expanded the work of A Safe Place from a single emergency shelter program to a comprehensive domestic violence assistance and prevention program.
Ms. Russell is recognized regionally and nationally for her holistic approach to the issues surrounding domestic violence. This includes not only providing safety, but addressing the many social dynamics that contribute to domestic violence directly and through public policy advocacy. She is an innovator of many community support programs and most recently, ones focusing on teen dating violence prevention. Ms. Russell is a monthly guest co-host on blogtalk radio with Ms. QuietStorm where she does a featured show, “Real Talk About Domestic Violence,” discussing domestic violence and related issues. A sought after speaker on a variety of social justice issues, Carolyn Russell is a dynamic keynote speaker, panelist and policy advisor discussing domestic violence with its root causes and effects.
In 2008 She received the Soroptomists Women Making A Difference Award and in 2010 was awarded the Jefferson Award for her exemplary community service.