TITLE: Executive Director
FUNDING AREAS: K-12 education, youth development, international women's development, healthy communities, environment, water
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PROFILE: Helen Smith-Price joined the Coca-Cola corporation in 1993 as its director of Corporate External Affairs. On the corporate side, she now holds the title of Assistant Vice President and Group Director of Global Community Connection. On the foundation side, she is Executive Director of The Coca-Cola Foundation, which made $98 million in grants in 2013.
Here is Smith-Price's official bio:
Helen Smith Price is an Assistant Vice President and Group Director, Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company. She also serves as the Executive Director of The Coca-Cola Foundation, managing the day-to-day operations and grant making. Helen leads a team responsible for global philanthropy and traditional community affairs in Coca-Cola's hometown markets. She is also responsible for the management of an $80 million annual budget and up to $300 million in Foundation assets.
Helen joined The Coca-Cola Company in September 1993 as the director, Corporate External Affairs. She managed community and civic affairs and served as the department’s budget director. Prior to joining the Company, Helen worked nine years with BellSouth Corporation, in various financial roles, including manager positions in financial management, comptrollers and tax, and human resources. She is licensed in Georgia as a Certified Public Accountant and was a senior accountant in the Atlanta office of Arthur Andersen & Company, a public accounting firm.
Helen earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Spelman College and a master's degree in business administration from Atlanta University.
She serves on the boards of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals, the Corporate Contributions Council of The Conference Board, Alliance Theatre, The Villages at Carver Family YMCA, and Cascade Community Services, Inc. Helen also serves on the Nominations Committee for the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the advisory board of the Morehouse College Leadership Institute. She is a former board member of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
In a 2011 interview, Smith-Price articulated how her professional background serves her current work with Coca-Cola, in both its corporate and foundation capacities:
By training, I am a Certified Public Accountant. For many years I held a number of financial and management positions in public accounting at the Bellsouth Corporation. Almost 18 years ago, I was invited to apply for the position of director of corporate external affairs at The Coca-Cola Company. I took advantage of the invitation, interviewed and was ultimately hired to join the corporate team responsible for the Company’s community engagement and philanthropy. It has been a great opportunity for me to use my financial and managerial skills, while learning more about the beverage industry, and how consumer products go to market.