Brian C. Russell
My experience as an entrepreneur, tech evangelist, coworking space owner, non-profit founder, web manager, school director and artist means I’ve worn many hats. All of them have one thing in common. A driving passion to help people succeed. Especially creative people.
I can call upon my skills to fashion solutions to your problems. All with an efficiency powered by a unique set of experiences. I’ve successfully applied my talents in nonprofits, start-ups, and organizations of all sizes.
I’m a passionate advocate for diversity, equal access to the Internet, and financial equality through entrepreneurship. When I’m not taking photos using film, I like to build Legos with my son.
Director of Communications & Educational Technology
Duke University Health System, Duke University Hospital, Office of Graduate Medical Education
September 2015 – Present
Astro Code School – Caktus Consulting Group
October 2014 – July 2015
Launched a technical training school, aka code school, from the ground up. Duties included marketing and advertising, budget management, writing curriculum for training, student recruitment, photography and video editing for content marketing, and applying for, receiving and managing a State of North Carolina proprietary school license. Developed and sold custom training for corporations and universities around the country.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
April 2012 – October 2014
Design and develop new websites for museum while managing transition from old site. Coordinate social media by writing strategy document, obtain new tools to accomplish tasks, and implement social media across organization. Develop long range plan on how to use web and social media at the museum. Assist with creation of budget and procurement of online services. Produce, maintain, and upload museum information online and integrate all digital technologies.
Digital Media Director
October 2011 – March 2012
Run large local media website. Design new content for site to support internal and external marketing efforts. Post new content such as blogs and photos. Manage complicated content management system. Debug issues that arise and fix them. Record daily on air promotion audio. Manage two employees and twenty bloggers. Work with other members of senior management team to develop business strategies to grow revenue. Develop long-term technology vision.
Carrboro Creative Coworking, Carrboro, NC
October 2008 – October 2011
Manage and promote small business providing private and shared offices to high-tech startups and freelance professionals. Used social and traditional media to launch business with small marketing budget. Business profile: Carrboro Creative Coworking is a shared professional workspace with a community atmosphere. It is designed to meet the needs of microbusinesses, freelancers, telecommuters, entrepreneurs, start-ups, writers, developers designers, and other professionals whose work doesn’t fit into a conventional office template. Coworkers receive access to a reliable office space within a unique, creative community.
Yesh Design, Chapel Hill, NC
September 2007 – Present
Design and develop social networking websites for physical communities. Create audio and video for the web for use in viral marketing campaigns. Advise clients on practical and effective uses of modern Internet tools. Provide new media creation training.
Aklia Digital Media, Raleigh, NC
March 2007 – September 2007
Computer Systems Administrator
University of North Carolina, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Chapel Hill, NC
October 2005 – March 2007
Provided technical support for computer hardware and software (Windows and Macintosh) in classrooms, labs, and offices. Responsibilities included problem identification, analysis, and resolution; deployment of new hardware and software to desktops; and installation and management of multiple WordPress blogs. Provided consulting to professors on new media technology such as podcasting and blog software use and development.
Technology Coordinator/AmeriCorp VISTA
Durham Literacy Center, Durham, NC
August 2004 – August 2005
Developed technology infrastructure such as new local area networks, supported existing personal computers, managed technology volunteers, administrated Linux network server, and integrated technology into teen and adult literacy programs. Installed and configured Drupal content management system for organization’s website.
Yesh Design, Durham, NC
October 2002 – August 2004
Developed web sites for corporate clients. Shot custom photography for design projects. Layout and print design for Compact Disc packaging. User interface design and information architecture design.
Interactive Online Developer
Isoph Corporation, Carrboro, NC
January 2003 – March 2004
Tompkins Associates, Raleigh, North Carolina
February 2001 – September 2002
Duties included developing computer-based training and web-based training resources to complement the instructional design of Tompkins University. Specialized in delivering digital media via the Internet by installing and maintaining Linux web servers. Emphasis on digital video, graphic design, interactive design, and animation.
Radford University MultiMedia Center, Radford, Virginia
February 1998 – January 2000
Helped faculty, staff, and students learn how to use multimedia software to create and edit graphics, web pages, audio, video, and animation. Taught the following classes: Adobe Premiere, Streaming Audio and Video, and Web Aesthetics.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Minor: Painting and Printmaking
Graduation Date: December 23, 1995
Digital Media Education Center, Portland, Oregon, Avid Feature Film Camp
MC 101 – Media Composer Editing (v6.5)
MC 105 – Film Composer Overview (v6.5)
MC 210 – Advance Techniques for Media Composer (v.6.5)
MC 303 – Integrating 3rd Party Graphics (v6.5)
Graduation Date: September 1997
REFERENCES are available on request by e-mailing me at brian (at) yesh (dot) com.
- Orange County Economic Development Advisory Board, former appointed member
- Town of Carrboro Economic Sustainability Commission, former appointed member for two years
- Durham Literacy Center, AmeriCorp VISTA, year-long full time volunteer
- Town of Chapel Hill Technology Committee, former appointed member
- PodcasterCon, Podcasting conference, organizer
- Founder of Orange Networking, a non-profit organization working to foster equal access to the Internet so that all people may benefit from the use of digital communication tools. orangenetworking.org
- Durham Neighborhood College, Graduate, October 2014