Russell Yost MBA'05, APR is chief communications officer (CCO), managing the daily operations of the University Communications function and crafting and shepherding the overall communications strategy for the University. He previously served as Director of Marketing for Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management and assisted in the launch of the university’s MBA program in Portland. Russell earned his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2014 and served on the Portland-based boards for both the American Marketing Association and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He is currently serving on the executive committee for PRSA's Counselors to Higher Education (CHE) section, and chairs the West Coast Forum. He is a graduate of the Leadership Portland Program and a member of the Oregon Public Broadcasting Business Partners Steering Committee.
Yost earned his MBA at Willamette University and BBA with honors at Gonzaga University.