Lynn Russell

head shot of Lynn Russell

Lynn spent her childhood overseas in Kathmandu, Nepal, where her mother was a teacher at the international school and her father was a rural anthropologist. She moved to Boulder, Colorado for high school and then to Portland in the mid-90s to attend Lewis & Clark College where she earned a B.A. in Sociology.

Lynn currently makes her home in Corvallis with her husband, Ben, and their two children. Lynn works at Collaborative Employment Innovations, providing Discovery services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Although she is somewhat new to this field, she has been a steadfast advocate for disability rights in the public education system for a dozen years. Her 15-year-old son, Liam, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 and has used a power wheelchair since he was 20 months old; he likes robotics, math, and is a fantastic self-advocate. Her 6-year-old daughter, Ada, was adopted from Taiwan in October 2017 and has mild Cerebral Palsy; she likes unicorns, drawing, and singing loudly with great enthusiasm.

This is Lynn’s first term on the Disability Rights Oregon Board. In the fall, she will also begin the online Master of Social Work program at Portland State.