Mayor Krewson appointed Valerie Russell as Director of Human Services on February 28, 2020.
Valerie Russell has served for nearly 20 years as Deputy Director of the Department of Human Services. In her role she worked in collaboration with numerous community-based initiatives and boards, monitoring living wage and MBE/WBE compliance, program planning and public policy development, grant preparation and implementation, personnel supervision, budget preparation, and regional disaster planning.
In all, Valerie Russell has more than 30 years of professional experience working in health and human services. She previously held Cabinet level positions in the City under former St. Louis Mayors Bosley and Harmon.