Board of Directors
Lois Deloatch has a nearly three-decade-long career in the arts, philanthropy, and community service. As a professional vocalist and songwriter, she has appeared in concert throughout the United States and internationally and has produced five recordings as leader, including Roots: Jazz/Blues/Spirituals and Hymn to Freedom: Homage to Oscar Peterson.
After two decades as a fundraiser for Duke University, Deloatch served as vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the NCCU Foundation at North Carolina Central University. Currently, she is philanthropy director at the Center for Responsible Lending, a Self-Help affiliate that works nationally to ensure a fair financial marketplace for vulnerable communities. In 2013, she founded Northampton Partners LLC, which provides consulting services focused on preserving, promoting, and advancing African American arts and culture.
Deloatch earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts from Duke University. Among her community activities, she is a board member of the Durham Tourism Authority and the Jazz Foundation of North Carolina. She is also a trustee for the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, a member of Duke Health System’s Chancellor’s Community Health Advisory Committee, and the immediate past-president of the Rotary Club of Durham.
Deloatch is a native of rural Northampton County, North Carolina. She and her husband, Ed Gomes, Jr., are longtime residents of Durham.