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 chairman of the Coca-Cola Company. The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, and Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation were established by members of the Joseph B. Whitehead family, one of the two original Coca-Cola bottlers. Although each is governed by a separate charter and self-perpetuating Board of Trustees, the foundations share an office and administrative staff. The Woodruff and Whitehead Foundations support a wide range of charitable activity, principally in Georgia. Identified program interests include education, health, human welfare, the environment, community and economic development, philanthropy and volunteerism, and the arts. In addition, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation makes scholarship grants for women at colleges and universities in a nine-state region.
Mr. Hardin joined the foundations' staff as secretary in 1988. He became treasurer in 1989, vice president in 1994, and president in 2006. Prior to joining the foundations' staff, 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 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 a director of Gwinnett Industries, Inc. and the Commerce Club in Atlanta. He served as a trustee of the Southeastern Council of Foundations for seven years and as its chairman from 1999 to 2001.