Cheryl Lomax, a certified public accountant (CPA), is a business and civic leader with more than 25 years of executive experience working for major corporations and providing community leadership through nonprofit board service, volunteerism, and philanthropy. Lomax, a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, serves as Chair of the board for Purpose Built Schools Atlanta. She also serves on the board of directors for True Colors Theatre Company, Warrick Dunn Charities, and the East Lake Foundation whose model includes cradle-to-college education, mixed-income housing, and community wellness.
Lomax most recently served as Senior Vice President at Bank of America responsible for driving its corporate social responsibility strategy and helping to deliver the full capabilities of the bank to individuals, companies, and institutional investors in the Atlanta market. Prior to joining the bank, Lomax served as Director of Community Affairs, Pro Bono, and Diversity at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP responsible for strategically managing community relations and diversity efforts firm wide. Lomax gained most her professional experience (17 years) at The Coca-Cola Company where she rose through the ranks to executive roles in the areas of accounting, budgeting, and finance to account management in national sales and marketing. Throughout her career, she has successfully managed cross-functional teams to execute transformational initiatives that required collaboration across departments, offices, and divisions.
Lomax has been recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Who’s Who in Banking and Finance, by the Atlanta Business League as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Women of Influence, honored with the Bridge Builder Award by Atlanta Technical College and by the YWCA through induction into its Academy of Women Achievers.
Greg Giornelli is the current president of Purpose Built Schools and former president of Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit that seeks to transform impoverished neighborhoods and break the cycle of poverty through a holistic redevelopment framework (based on the successful East Lake revitalization in Atlanta, Georgia).
From 2002-2010 Mr. Giornelli worked for the City of Atlanta in various capacities including chief operating officer, president of the Atlanta Development Authority and chief policy officer.
From 1994-2001 Mr. Giornelli was the Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation, which led the comprehensive redevelopment of the East Lake Meadows public housing project into a mixed-income community that also included Atlanta’s first charter school; a new YMCA; an early learning center; the East Lake Junior Golf Academy and a number of programs for neighborhood families.
Shirley Franklin was elected the first African-American female mayor of a major southern city in 2001, and served as Atlanta’s mayor for the maximum two-terms, completing her time in office in 2009. After leaving office, she was appointed to the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair at Spelman College and served in this capacity until June 2011.
During Shirley’s eight years as mayor, she was known for her collaborative approach to solving tough urban problems and to enlisting a broad range of support from Atlanta residents, regional business and civic leaders building on her experience as a Cabinet official in the administrations of Mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young. Her many successes as mayor include advocating ethics reform, overhauling municipal government financial and management operations, adopting multiple year budget practices, launching the Atlanta BeltLine initiative, planning and executing over $5 billion in airport and water infrastructure improvements, leading the acquisition of the Morehouse College Collection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Papers, creating the Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness, and developing successful business and public sector partnerships and alliances. Her signature Mayor’s Youth Program provided internships and over $6 million in financial aid to nearly 4,000 Atlanta college students. Aside from her role as a public official, Shirley’s community service spans over 40 years in Atlanta, and includes her active participation in programs for the arts, homelessness, community development and higher education.
Ingrid Saunders Jones
Ms. Ingrid Saunders Jones served as Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections at The Coca-Cola Company until June 1, 2013. Ms. Jones served as Senior Vice President of Corporate External Affairs of The Coca-Cola Company from March 14, 2003 and served as its director of Corporate External Affairs. Ms. Jones directed the vision and involvement of Coca-Cola Company in community, philanthropic and civic affairs. She served as an Assistant Vice President of Coca-Cola Company. Under her leadership, The Coca-Cola Foundation in the decade of the 1990s, contributed more than $100 million to education including scholarships and programs for students of color in higher education, and initiatives to increase the academic success of students in public and secondary schools.