Board of Directors

The council’s founding board of directors includes corporate, academic, and civic leaders, now including:

Clyde C. Tuggle
senior vice president, chief public affairs and communications officer
The Coca-Cola Company
vice chair
Bernard Taylor Sr.
Alston & Bird LLP
David P. Abney
chief executive officer
United Parcel Service
Mark Becker, Ph.D.
Georgia State University
W. Frank Blount
chairman & CEO of JI Ventures
GSU Foundation board member
Board of Advisors, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Jeffrey T. Bowman
president and chief executive officer
Arcarius Consultancy
Ann-Marie Campbell
president, Southern Division
The Home Depot
Hugh “Beau” Cummins III
corporate executive vice president
Commercial & business banking executive
SunTrust Banks Inc.
Dave R. Forquer
assistant dean for executive education
Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H.
founding CEO
McKinsey Social Initiative

Ambassador Gordon D. Giffin
partner and chair of the Public Policy and International Department
Kwanza Hall
District 2 City Council member, Atlanta City Council
Eric J. Joiner
vice chairman, AJC International
Board of advisors, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Dennis Lockhart
president and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Richard Phillips, Ph.D.
Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Jacqueline Royster, D.A.
dean, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jagdish Sheth, Ph.D.
Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
founder and chairman of India, China, America Institute
director, Wipro Ltd.
Lucinda Smith
senior vice president, global business services
AGCO Corporation
Claudia Maria Valenzuela Diaz
dean, Atlanta Consular Corps
Consul General of the Republic of El Salvador
Kathleen Walters
EVP and group president, consumer products
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP


Charles Shapiropresident
Ambassador Charles Shapiro
senior lecturer
Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
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Clare Higgins Mortonvice president and director of administration
Clare Higgins Morton
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Christopher Brownvice president for research & analysis
Christopher L. Brown, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
Georgia State University
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