Russell has been with Phi Chi Theta since 2009, when he joined the Zeta Gamma chapter at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While with the chapter, he served as Professional Chair and Webmaster, delivering a rebuilt website and increasing their social networking presence on Twitter. He graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of science in Information Technology/Information Systems from the College of Business. He spent two summers as an IT intern with Grainger, and started full time there after graduation. He is currently as engineer on Grainger’s Identity Access team within their IT Security department.