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PerMission LLC is a team of community engagement professionals with over 100 years of combined experience and practice. Our work focuses on equipping organizations, individuals, and communities with the tools to find authentic ways to engage, build capacity, deepen connections and find solutions to shared challenges. 

PerMission emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support communities, and a desire for actions that speak louder than words. Our team works to build long-term, innovative, and high impact programs that create community and organizational change.



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At PerMission, we understand that in today’s time there are multiple ways in which organizations choose to engage.  We also understand that there is no "one size fits all" approach to community engagement: what’s important is to find an approach that fits with your organization’s culture and way of operating. PerMission works to support communities in a variety of ways and measures success by the effectiveness of our efforts and the positive change it creates.


We put people first. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Listening to the community builds trust and transparency.


New ideas and developing effective strategies are our calling card. We work with you to design sophisticated community programs and activities that involve your business doing good while also supporting its own success.


We conduct regular program reviews focused on data-based lessons learned and forward-looking improvements. We can communicate the quality and strength of an organization’s programs to potential investors, funders, and partners.



To help organizations, communities, and individuals build their capacity to create positive change and contribute to community and individual success.



Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. PerMission is an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of community engagement forward.

Meet some of our incredible leaders below.


Xavier Russell, Founder

A true grassroots level practitioner, Xavier understands that focusing on the strengths of a community rather than its deficiencies and engaging residents and other civic groups is crucial to developing solutions to issues that have a positive impact. Xavier has lead several successful community based initiatives at local, regional and national levels and currently serves on the board for the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at DePaul University, a think tank and leading authority on community development. Xavier founded PerMission LLC as a means of bringing together leading community engagement professionals from various sectors to offer innovative and pragmatic solutions.

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Washington, D.C.


We connect your organization with meaningful opportunities to interface with the people that matter most. Our goal is to understand your objectives and develop strategies to best help you reach them.