Board of Directors
Lois Deloatch has a nearly three-decade-long career in higher education, philanthropy, and the arts. 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. She is the current Senior Fellow and former Executive Vice President at Self-Help, a leading community development financial institution that helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Deloatch also maintains a career as a vocalist and songwriter. She has appeared in concert throughout the United States and internationally and has produced five recordings as leader. She earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and an M.A. from Duke University. Among her various service activities, Deloatch is a trustee of the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and board member of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau/Discover Durham. She and her husband, Ed Gomes, Jr., are longtime residents of Durham.