Russell Stall

About the Councilmember

Councilmember Stall refers to himself as a boomerang – someone who grew up in Greenville, moved away and didn’t return for many years because Greenville wasn’t progressive enough. According to Councilmember Stall, during the 16 years he was away, Greenville changed and became a place where he wanted his family to grow and thrive.

Upon returning to Greenville 20 years ago, Councilmember Stall founded Greenville Forward, a nonprofit organization charged with facilitating and shepherding Vision 2025, a community-wide vision for Greenville County. Through Greenville Forward, he championed the effort to make Greenville a healthy, creative, green city that is inclusive and welcoming, values learning, attracts the best talent and is a place where all citizens have opportunities for financial and personal success. 

Prior to founding Greenville Forward, Stall owned ResearchWorks, a strategic marketing research firm focused on community visioning and development and customer satisfaction research.

As the volunteer class facilitator for Leadership Greenville for 11 years, Councilmember Stall mentored over 600 community leaders. He has also mentored over 100 Greenville young professionals through the Greenville Chamber’s Pacesetters program.

Community Service and Recognition

Councilmember Stall is past president of the Rotary Club of Greenville and has served on numerous boards including the Hispanic Alliance, Warehouse Theatre, St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville Chamber, Cancer Society of Greenville County, Greenville Police Foundation, Project Host, University Center of Greenville, Greenville Housing Authority, Friends of the Greenville Zoo and the United Negro College Fund.

He is the organizer of TEDxGreenville, an independently organized program of, which has presented ideas from over 250 speakers and hosted over 6.2 million views of talks on YouTube over the past 10 years.

Councilmember Stall was the 2013 Leadership Greenville Alumni of the Year and has been named one of Greenville's Most Influential People by Greenville Business Magazine three times.

In his spare time, Councilmember Stall is a Master Gardener, a certified Journeyman Beekeeper and a luthier; creating guitars he cannot play well.


Councilmember Stall and his wife, Susan, have been married for 28 years and have two grown sons, Hampton and Harrison, who are currently living in Atlanta and New York City respectively.


Councilmember Stall is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and earned an MBA from Emory University.