P. Russell Hardin, Chairman

Russ Hardin is president of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, and Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation.

The Woodruff Foundation is an independent private foundation established by Robert W. Woodruff, longtime leader of the Coca-Cola Company. The Whitehead and Evans foundations were established by members of the family of Joseph B. Whitehead, one of the original Coca-Cola bottlers. The foundations share an office and staff, though each is governed by its own charter and self-perpetuating board.

The Woodruff, Whitehead, and Evans foundations support a broad range of charitable activity, principally in Atlanta, Georgia. Program interests include health, education, environment, human services, arts and culture, and community development. In addition, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation provides scholarships for women at more than 200 colleges, schools and universities in nine Southeastern states.

Mr. Hardin joined the foundations’ staff in 1988 and became president in 2006. Previously, Mr. Hardin practiced law with the Atlanta firm of King & Spalding and was associated with the Robinson-Humphrey Company. He also taught a course at the University of Georgia’s School of Law.  Mr. Hardin 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.

Mr. Hardin serves as chairman of the board of Foundation Center, and trustee of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He also serves as a director of SunTrust Bank–Atlanta/Georgia Region, and the Commerce Club in Atlanta.  

Mr. Hardin and his wife Melanie have two sons, Russell and Noel, and a daughter, Elizabeth.