Director of Membership
National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD)
Eboni Russell has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is at ease analyzing numbers and statistics to spot trends. As director of membership for the National Association of Automobile Dealers, she is tasked with assisting the diverse members of the group — corporate executives and entrepreneurs alike — to succeed in the automotive industry. She considers this position her most significant accomplishment to date, saying it awakened her passion for advocacy and diversity. While she admits to being intimidated by her responsibilities at times, especially when dealing with members who have more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, she confesses that she relishes seeing the results of her hard work, preparation and perseverance at the organization’s annual meeting. “Every year at our annual membership meeting is when I realize that I enjoy what I do,” Russell says. “You meet lots of dealers who started from nothing and they have enterprises, and they appreciate what we do. They noticed all the hard work that we do.”
The support of her parents, who taught her self-confidence and resiliency, and lessons in leadership from her current boss, Damon Lester, give her the courage to move forward. She owns a cosmetics company and serves as both boss and makeup artist. “I am an entrepreneur with an eye for fashion and beauty and I’m looking to expand,” she says. “I’m a creative, God-fearing, enthusiast who is eager to learn.”
A fan of basketball who enjoys going to the games, Russell has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She gives back to her community, volunteering at the Zion Church of Landover Food Pantry, and with the DC Central Kitchen, for which she not only provides nutritional meals but also demonstrates to the patrons how to prepare such meals.