P. Russell Hardin, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human welfare, the environment, community and economic development, philanthropy and volunteerism, and the arts

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PROFILE: An attorney by profession who received his law degree from Duke University, P. Russell Hardin has been with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation since 1988. Beginning as secretary of the foundation, Hardin later became the foundation’s treasurer, then vice president. In 2006, Hardin became president of the Atlanta-based foundation, which was established in 1937 by Robert W. Woodruff, longtime chairman of the Coca-Cola Company projects.

His foundation bio shares: 

Russ joined the Foundations’ staff as Secretary in 1988, became Treasurer in 1989, Vice President in 1994, and President in 2006. Prior to joining the Foundations, Russ practiced law with King & Spalding and was associated with the Robinson-Humphrey Company. He currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation Center, trustee of Northwestern Mutual, and director of the Genuine Parts Company and the Commerce Club of Atlanta. He is a former board chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Russ received his B.A. degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 1979, and his J.D. degree with honors from Duke University School of Law in 1982.