Barb Russ is active in the  Duluth community including service on the Boards of PAVSA, the YWCA, the Eleventh District Bar Association, and the Duluth Sister Cities International and served on all four as president.

She also served on the board of Woodland Hills, and as a trustee of Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC. Russ recently completed a six year term on the Board of Community Action Duluth serving on the public policy and fundraising committees.

Barb Russ is also an active Vision Committee member of Imagine Duluth 2035.