Russell Drake is a Christian Man, Community Advocate, Engineering Professional, Proud Dad, Obedient Son, Affirming Brother, Faithful Friend and Lover of Life. He was born and raised by two loving parents in Gary, Indiana, and attended Howard University (Washington, DC), with a focus in systems & computer science. Upon finishing school, he moved to Orlando, Florida where he's worked as a Systems Engineer at two Fortune 500 Corporations over the last 15 years.
Outside of work, Russell has a focus and passion for uplifting the community, leading him to be very active in the Orlando Metropolitan area through individual and group efforts of service. On his own accord, Russell is a supporter of various youth programs, mentoring activities food drives, homeless empowerment initiatives, voter action rallies and civic & political awareness causes. He's a part of more positive deeds through his channels of organizational affiliations including: African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, Central Florida Urban League Young Professionals, Metro Orlando National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), NAACP Orange County Branch (Communications Chair), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Chi Tau Chapter (former Basileus-President) and Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (DBCF) where he was elected State First Vice President this year and also serves as Orange County Branch President. Mr. Drake's active nature has earned him appointments to the African Advisory Board of WESH 2 News Orlando, and to the Boys Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Council
In spiritual life, Mr. Drake is a devoted member of St. Mark AME Church where he serves on the Trustee Board (Vice Chair), Usher Board, Praise & Dance Team and Men's Choir. He was blessed to deliver a sermon in November of 2014 with the message of "Modern Day Oppression, but the Lord is Still Blessing: Stay Fueled By Faith". He is also proven to be a gifted writer of poetry & prose, eloquent speaker and respected voice to all audiences. With a basis in service, he practices the concept of servant leadership in walk, talk and deed. For the Bible says, "To whom much is Given, Much Is Required".
Through his community involvement, needless to say Russell has his own brand with website TheRussellDrake.com and popularized Hashtags #TheRussellDrake #IwillNotStop and #OneLove
Last but not least, Mr. Drake regards family to be first. He is one of eight children, the Father of a Beautiful Ten (10) year old daughter, an Uncle to a host of nieces & nephews and a God Father to two children.
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