I believe that local government should foster open and honest relationships with its constituents by actively seeking their input and providing information via an accessible conduit, promoting trust. Honesty and integrity has been the foundation of my personal and business life, I will build upon that as your councilman .
I have sought out or been chosen for leadership positions throughout my young career. From project leaders and team captains in college to development, board campaign management and planning positions I have consistently demonstrated the requisite skills to accomplish documentable positive change.
Our City faces an economic climate of rising costs and dwindling resources. To combat this situation we require fresh ideas and innovative approaches to maintain the services that citizens expect and deserve. As a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt, I have worked within city government to identify and improve inefficiencies, increasing productivity. We can do more with less.
Jason Russell is a city planner for the City of Lakewood, Ohio, an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland. In this role, he focuses on projects that improve the quality of life for its residents and revitalizes the City’s historic housing stock. Jason has worked with city officials to expand the use of federal funds to assist a growing number of business owners and residents. Jason also has contributed greatly to Lakewood’s government efficiency efforts. He earned his Green-Belt Lean Six Sigma certification in 2014 and continues to lead projects throughout city departments that identify inefficiencies and waste.
As a resident of South Euclid, Ohio, Jason currently serves as the Chairman of the Planning Commission that regularly reviews land use legislation and urban development proposals.
Previously, Jason served as a Project Manager for the Civic Commons, a start-up online civic engagement platform. As a manager, he employed technology to engage more individuals in issues in their community by “time-shifting” civic engagement to allow engagement no matter the time of day, so more voices could be involved in the process. He pioneered the use of Mobile Town Halls, which used Skype to bring politicians to their constituents throughout the course of the constituents’ normal day.
Jason has successfully managed several political campaigns at the city, county, and federal levels. Each campaign fused traditional canvassing, mailing and get out the vote campaign tactics, with increased use of social media and short campaign videos to boost fundraising and ballot support.
In 2012, Jason was selected as inaugural member of the Cuyahoga County Next Generation Council, which seeks to bring together the young minds of the region, to help solve the problems of today while increasing participation in governmental processes among young professionals. Jason led a group of members in lobbying county government to be more inclusive in their board and commission appointments, and was successful in getting a number of young professionals appointed to influential board and commission positions.
Jason is a native of Northeast Ohio and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Lehigh University as a football student athlete. He returned to Cleveland, Ohio, where he procured his Master’s in Urban Planning from Cleveland State University.