About Leslie Koehlinger Russ, 

Founder of RKF Studios and President of the Russ Koehlinger Foundation

The RKF mission is to help bring sustainable community transformation through arts based impact investing. Through her philanthropy, Leslie brings an entrepreneurial triple threat advantage to projects by combining experience and skills as an entrepreneur, manager, and as a vocal and instrumental artist. With the Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented human isolation. Enabling innovative arts-based models that promote community-wide resilience is both timely and compelling.

Leslie’s passion to serve Fort Wayne stems from a desire to give back to the community that gave her an enriched and grounded childhood experience. She has held executive level positions, served as a Director on numerous boards both in Texas and Indiana, and was honored in 2022 by South Side High School with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

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