Headshot of Russell Barnes
Assistant Consultant
Russell’s introduction to evaluation was different than most, but that didn’t stop him from finding a career he enjoys. A recovering journalist, he’s previously worked for multiple news organizations throughout the Midwest. He joined The Improve Group’s team in 2017 as a part-time employee, and recently became a full-time member of the team. Russell’s curiosity of the world around him, strong communication skills and passion to improve the world make him a valuable member of our team. He is vigorously passionate about a wide range of issues regarding accessibility, domestic violence awareness and public health.

Brings to the Team

  • A fascination with social media and communication
  • Experience producing a range of content types, from editorials to documentary videos
  • An aptitude to learn new skills quickly and efficiently
  • A personable, optimistic fun personality
  • A curiosity of the world
  • Willingness to take on new, exciting challenges

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group, Assistant Consultant (2017-Present)
  • The Improve Group, Survey Participant Tracker (2016–2017)
  • Freelance Copywriter (2017-present)
  • KVRR-TV, Reporter (2016)
  • KSTP-TV, Web Producer Intern (2015-2016)
  • Minnesota Public Radio, Visual News Intern (2015)


  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Beyond the Bio

Russell has lived in Minneapolis for the past five years, after relocating from the suburbs to attend the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, you’ll likely find Russell walking around one of Minneapolis’ lakes, hiking with friends, or trying a new happy hour spot. He’s an avid video gamer and professional wrestling fan. Outside of IG, Russell also works as a freelance copywriter and content creator, but loves spending time outside whenever possible.