Helen Russell

Helen Russell

Co-Founder and CEO, Equator Coffees & Teas, Inc.

Helen Russell

Co-Founder and CEO, Equator Coffees & Teas, Inc.

Helen Russell is the co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas. From its humble roots in a Marin County garage, Equator continues to grow, thrive, and stay faithful to its values under Helen’s guidance. Under her leadership, Equator has grown from a small roaster and wholesale supplier into a national brand known for its values-driven approach, award-winning coffee, and impactful action around issues of environmental sustainability and economic empowerment.

Helen has led Equator’s commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach that spans more than two decades. Through Helen’s guidance, Equator has deepened its relationships with the local community by opening five retail locations in the Bay Area. In 2011, Equator formalized its commitment to sustainability by becoming a certified B Corporation, making it the first California coffee roaster to do so. In 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Equator by naming the company the “National Small Business of the Year.”

Helen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.

Seminar: “Equator Coffee Story: From Scrappy Start-Up to Profitable, Socially Responsible Business”