Dr. Felicia DeHaney Russell, is director of program and strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she supports foundation efforts to promote thriving children, working families and equitable communities.

As director of the program and strategy she leads the systems change national program team.  Felicia DeHaney Russell serves as a leader for the execution of the foundation’s strategic framework within employment equity, food systems, early childhood and education quality and health equity- grounded in the foundation’s DNA of community engagement, leadership and racial equity.  She provides oversight and ensures alignment to the strategic framework resulting in positive systemic change within communities and programming efforts.

Prior to joining the foundation, Felicia DeHaney Russell was president and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute in Washington, D.C., an organization whose mission is to improve and advance the lives of Black children and their families through education and advocacy.

DeHaney Russell is a former early childhood teacher, elementary school teacher and university adjunct professor. She has serves on various national and state boards and committees always advocating for high quality systems for America’s youngest and most vulnerable populations. DeHaney has also been the keynote speaker at various conferences and convenings, including “America Samoa: Gear Up Early Childhood Education Summit” and “Jack and Jill of America.”

DeHaney Russell holds her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard University, Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in educational psychology from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, New York, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Howard University, Washington, D.C.