Habitat for Humanity Names Annual Fund Manager


PONTIAC — Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County has named Joyce Russell of Warren as the new manager of the annual fund.

 “I have a long history of experience in event-planning, fundraising and the kind of strategic relationship-building that Habitat seeks to pursue,” Russell said. “I am excited to put my experience to work for a great organization dedicated to improving the housing situations of deserving Oakland County families who truly need it.”

The position is crucial for the implementation of all the work that Habitat does in Oakland County. Habitat’s Annual Fund is a year-round effort that drives funding for 12-20 build site projects every year and will help support the new Critical Home Repairs program Habitat recently launched.

Russell has developed, planned and implemented action plans and donor relations programs for the development of large capital campaigns. Most recently, Russell served as a consultant to several local organizations. Her last position was with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland as manager of donor relations. She has also worked in development for Hospice of Michigan, the Visiting Nurse Association Inc., Lighthouse of Oakland County, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University, Walsh College, and Macomb Community College.

Russell holds a master’s degree in administration/marketing from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s in merchandising from Wayne State University.

Worldwide, Habitat has built and renovated more than 500,000 houses since 1976. Since 1996, Habitat Oakland County has built and renovated homes for more than 158 families. To learn more, go to www.habitatoakland.org. Habitat Oakland County is located at 150 Osmun Street, Pontiac.