Mrs. Biddle valued the input and wisdom of her friends and trusted advisors, and, from the beginning, the foundation’s Board of Trustees has included family and non-family members. The foundation continues her practice of actively engaging members of the community to serve as trustees. Currently, the board is comprised of two family and five non-family members.

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 Photo of "The Drowsy Chaperone," courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Abayomi (Yomi) Adigun, Ph.D.

joined the Biddle Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2021.  Originally from Houston, Texas, he earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University with honors and his PhD. in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology from Duke University.

Dr. Adigun is an Investment Manager with the Public Securities team at DUMAC (formerly Duke University Management Company).  Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs in New York as an investment analyst and at Duke University Medical Center and University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Yomi is on the board of directors for the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals and previously served on the board of Caring House in Durham.


George Biddle

joined the Biddle board in January 2022. He is a humanitarian and development expert with over three decades of experience in crisis response, peace-building, and conflict mitigation. He is currently the chairman of World Connect, a nonprofit organization that invests in local leaders and entrepreneurs in the global South who design and implement their own sustainable, scalable community development projects.

He previously held executive positions with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the International Crisis Group, and the Institute for Central American Studies. He currently serves as a board member of the IRC as well as several other institutions, including Duke University’s Sanford School for Public Policy. He received his AB from Harvard and MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a grandson of Mary Duke Biddle.

C. Russell Bryan

joined the Biddle board in 2004. He graduated from Duke University in 1983, and subsequently earned an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Mr. Bryan has more than twenty years of experience advising senior management teams, boards of directors, and business owners on mergers and acquisitions transactions.  He has worked in the investment banking and capital markets groups of both Bank of America and Lehman Brothers, and is currently a Managing Director at Bailey Southwell & Co., an investment banking firm in Nashville and Charlotte.


Lois Deloatch

joined the Biddle board in 2017. She serves as Philanthropy Director for the Center for Responsible Lending, a Self-Help affiliate that works to ensure a fair financial marketplace for vulnerable and underserved communities. Previously, she held key fundraising positions at Duke University and North Carolina Central University, where she was Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the NCCU Foundation. Her volunteer leadership roles include the boards of the Durham Tourism Authority, the Gregory B. Davis Foundation and Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. Ms. Deloatch is also a professional musician specializing in African American music.

Allison Haltom

joined the Biddle board in 2017. She is Senior Associate with moss + ross, a consulting firm that provides strategic planning, fundraising, and executive search services to nonprofits. During her long career at Duke University, she held several leadership positions, including Director of the Annual Fund, University Secretary, and Vice President. Her volunteer leadership has focused on education, and she has served on the boards of trustees of UNC-Asheville, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Durham Academy, and the Hill Center.

Benjamin P. Jones (Chair)

joined the Biddle board in 2018. He is CEO of Sola Salon Studios in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Duke University in 1991 cum laude with distinction in history and has his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was on the editorial board of the school’s Environmental Law Journal. He is a past member of Duke's Trinity Board of Visitors and served as the board’s chairman of the Emerging Issues Committee. He is also the past president of the board of the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund. Prior to joining Sola, Mr. Jones was the Senior Director of Business Development for Qwest Communications. Before his time at Qwest, Mr. Jones was the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Affordable Residential Communities, a Denver-based real estate investment trust. He is a great-grandson of Mary Duke Biddle.

Joe Lucas

joined the Biddle board in 2020. He earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.  Mr. Lucas is the managing member of Pope Flynn, LLC, a Columbia, SC based law firm specializing in public finance and governmental counsel. Prior to joining Pope Flynn, he was a partner at McGuireWoods LLP, a full service law firm based in Richmond, VA, and Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, a full service law firm headquartered in Charlotte.  Mr. Lucas also serves as vice president of the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Foundation and the president of the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund. He is a great-grandson of Mary Duke Biddle.