Sally Russell for Bend City Council
Women leaders such as Russell, serving in local government, are role models for other women of all ages in the community. Russell has balanced her post on Bend’s City Council with work for nonprofits as well as real estate development companies.
— The Source Weekly (5/4/16)
Sally Russell was nominated as 2016 Woman of the Year by The Source Weekly.

SALLY'S EXPERIENCE and council priorities

Community service is fundamental to my life’s work. I dedicate every day to keeping Bend’s “soul” intact. Bend is a treasure. Together we need to address our City’s growing pains and make positive change happen.

My top priorities on Bend’s City Council are:

• Keep our City a great place to work, play, live, learn and enjoy the great outdoors.
• Find a permanent solution to fund and maintain roads.
• Address Bend’s affordable housing problem, especially for those who want to live in the community where they work.
• Prioritize City projects to keep rates and taxes as low as possible.

Occupational Background:
Executive Director, Cascade Festival of Music
Director of Marketing & Administrative Assistant to the President, Broken Top Limited Partnership
Executive Director, Cascade Cycling Classic
Project Manager, Pennbrook Development Co.
 
Educational Background:
MBA, Portland State University
BA, Smith College
 
Prior Governmental Experience:
Bend City Council (2012-now)
Bend Planning Commission (Chair 1999 & 2000)
Deschutes County Bike & Pedestrian Committee
 
Volunteer Positions:
Current: Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project
Travel Oregon - Outdoor Recreation (Means Business) Leadership Team;
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
Deschutes Basin Study Work Group
 
Previous:
Cascade Festival of Music
Tower Theatre Foundation
Galveston Revitalization Committee
Central Oregon Trail Alliance
 
History: I am a fifth generation Central Oregonian who has lived in Bend for more than 30 years.  My two daughters and I have enjoyed quality schools, an unimaginable range of outdoor activities, enriching civic and cultural events and much more.
 

I have worked with Sally for many years on a wide variety of topics. I have always found her to be interested in learning as much as she can on a subject from a wide range of viewpoints before taking thoughtful actions that balance those varying opinions while staying focused on the bigger picture.
— Dale Van Valkenburg, Director of Planning and Development, Brooks Resources