Meet the Team
Who will be serving you?
CEO and Founder
Essence Russ was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. She attended Foss High School where she was a member of the Associated Student Body for all 4 years, and a cheerleader for 3 years. She earned her BA in Communication Studies from Seattle University, where she was a College Success Foundation Scholar, as well as a Costco Scholarship Fund recipient. She earned her MA in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University. Essence has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 9 1/2 years doing direct service for 3 of those total years, and in management for 6. She worked with Pioneer Human Services for 4 of those years, Treehouse for 5 1/2 years, and most recently, serves as the Director of the Family Resource Center at Southwest Youth and Family Services in W. Seattle. She is on the Alumni Board of Directors for the College Success Foundation.
Hotel Humanity is ALWAYS looking for fellow humans who are interested in volunteering and serving the community with us! We are currently seeking qualified Board Members. Please contact us if you, or someone you know would be an ideal fit for that position!