jrJohn Russo has dedicated his personal and professional life to helping others achieve positive outcomes. Retiring from his position as Executive Director of The Community Food Bank, he is a former Utica City Firefighter.

He remains involved by volunteering at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare as an advocate in the fight against cancer, and John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Denti Foundation. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College and Empire State College. In addition to being a member of The Peacemaker Program Board of Directors, he is also a volunteer child advocate and a member of the CASA Advisory Board.