Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Inc.
Russ joined the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation staff as Secretary in 1988, became Treasurer in 1989, Vice President in 1994 and President in 2006. Prior to joining the Foundation, Russ practiced law with King & Spalding and was associated with the Robinson-Humphrey Company. Hardin’s guiding philosophy comes from a sign that once sat on the desk of Robert W. Woodruff. It reads: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”
Russ currently serves as a trustee of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and as a director of the Genuine Parts Company and the Truist Atlanta Advisory Council. He is a former board chair of Candid and 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.