Councilman Russell Gilbert is a community leader, father, and grandfather and has served on Chattanooga's city council for over 10 years. Russell is the son of Pastor Lamar and Ida Mae Gilbert and grew up on a farm in the 5th district along with his brothers and sister. This is where he cultivated his passion for the community, his love and respect for nature and his compassion for his fellowman. Russell married Terri Gilbert, Terri holds a degree in education, the two have been married for 41 years and have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.
Russell Gilbert, CEC, CDM, CFPP is the first Chattanooga native certified executive chef in the city of Chattanooga. He received his credentials from Penn State University and is currently the nutrition director for two HCA hospitals in Chattanooga. Russell has served on many boards in the city of Chattanooga and has received several awards such as HCA's Frist Humanitarian Award.
Chattanooga city councilman, Russell Gilbert has served as the fifth district councilman for 12 years. Prior to serving on the city council, Russell Gilbert implemented numerous improvements in his neighborhood, such as the revitalization of the Lakeside baseball fields, the Washington Hill's recreation center and the football field. These community staples continue to serve as a safe haven for community families and youth to develop and play. Councilman Gilbert also established education and enrichment programs for the community’s youth and senior citizens
Russell was the former sports coach for Lakeside Youth Association and coordinated the McKenzie Professional NFL Football Camp for kids. He was the coordinator of the Highway 58 Neighborhood Association Coalition which was a group of over 3,000 households working together to improve their neighborhoods. Russell Gilbert has always proudly supported his community, long before his time as councilman.
Councilman Gilbert was elected in November 2008 and has made many advancements for the city of Chattanooga during his time in office. He has been a voice for the people of Chattanooga and has fought for change, even when he was fighting alone. He has dedicated time and attention to areas of Chattanooga that have been overlooked and underserved. Councilman Gilbert implemented the Chattanooga disparity study to provide more opportunities for minority, women-owned, veteran and small business owners. He developed the police advisory and review committee to establish accountability between our communities and the police. These have both been two major improvements for the economic development and safety of our city.
He proactively seeks areas of improvement and takes pride in doing the work of bettering his community. Russell secured a neighborhood Walmart to resolve a major food desert in the fifth district. He has renovated many of our rec centers and parks to create a safe space for our youth and families. This includes the new playground and exercise equipment to the families of the Brainerd Recreation Center and the revitalization of Tacoa Park and Sterchi Farm Trailhead. He has repaired numerous roads and sidewalks to improve city infrastructure and connectivity. Russell's work has been continuous and ongoing for all of his adult life and he will continue to do the work as your next mayor.