Russell Carey
Program Associate

Why Arkansas: Because Arkansas is still the Land of Opportunity.

Three people at my dream dinner: Tenzin Gyatso, Cornel West, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I chose philanthropy because: People are the foundation on which Arkansas stands. WRF is in the business of strengthening each individual in that foundation.

My Retreat Is: Negril, Jamaica

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As program associate for economic development and nonprofit infrastructure at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF), Russell Carey supports the Foundation by managing grants, conducting research, writing, editing, assessing outcomes, and hosting convenings. He is broadly responsible for ensuring an ongoing connection between WRF’s strategic plan and all program-related activities of the Foundation.

Prior to joining WRF in July 2013, Russell was an assistant buyer for Dillard’s Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Little Rock, Arkansas. He also previously interned with Heifer International and consulted for the Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas, the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Russell served on the board of directors and as the co-chair of YNPN - Little Rock between 2014 and 2017 and is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. He serves on the advisory committees for Arkansas Impact Philanthropy, BankOn Arkansas+, and the Arkansas Asset Funders Network. In 2016 he graduated from the Southeastern Council of Foundations’ (SECF) Hull Fellows leadership program. He serves as the Arkansas State Captain for SECF’s Foundations on the Hill.

Russell earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas and Master of Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. He and his wife Cory are the proud parents of a daughter and son.

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