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Your membership will support the Council’s mission to provide a forum for discussion and to be a source of expertise on global issues that impact the city of Atlanta. Join the Council and you will also receive an exclusive suite of benefits.


Young Leaders

 35 & Under


  • Complimentary  and discounted admission to programs

  • Access to annual Leadership Development Conference

  • Access to exclusive networking opportunities

  • Invitations to Young Leaders social and volunteer events

Annual Investment:


Stephen Wilson Creative - World Affairs



  • Complimentary  and discounted admission to programs

  • Priority program registration 

  • Invitation to members-only programs 


Annual Investment:





  • Receive all Individual level ($150) benefits

  • Invitations to private executive briefings and VIP receptions


Annual Investment:



Chairman's Circle


  • Receive all Preferred level ($300) benefits 

  • Exclusive Council gift

  • Preferred seating at select Council programs

  • Name listed on Council website 

  • Invitations to executive level programs 

Annual Investment:



Ambassador's Circle

  • Receive all Chairman's Circle ($1,250) benefits 

  • Member discount passes for guests at select programs

  • Exclusive Council gift

  • Preferred seating at select Council Programs

  • Invitations to executive level programs and private round-table discussions

  • Name listed on Council website as annual supporter

Annual Investment:



Founder's Circle

  • Receive all Ambassador's level ($5,000) benefits 

  • Invitation to Board of Directors programs

  • Discounts on Council group travel

Annual Investment:


Contributions to the World Affairs Council of Atlanta support non-partisan public education opportunities. The Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax-deductible.



Founder's Circle

Frank Blount

Chairman & CEO, JI Ventures, Inc.

Clyde Tuggle

Co-Founder, Pine Island Capital Partners & Former Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs and Communication Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Ambassador's Circle

Robert Abernathy

Retired Chairman & CEO, Halyard Health

Brian Streidel

Founder, Go Global Recycling & Classic Vintage, Inc.

Eric & Barbara Joiner

Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, AJC International

Jagdish Sheth, Ph.D.

Kellstradt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University & Founder & Chairman of India, China, America Institute

Bernard Taylor, Sr. 

Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

Kathleen Walters

Retired Executive Vice President of Consumer Product Group, Georgia-Pacific

Chairman's Circle

Harold Arnold

President, Fram Renewable Fuels LLC

Neda Barqawi

CEO, Knovalytics

Mark Becker, Ph.D.

President, Georgia State University

Matthew Bower

Managing Director, PNC Wealth Management

Jeffrey Bowman

Non-executive Chair, Global Risk Solutions Inc.

Ahmet Bozer

Former President, Coca-Cola International

Greg Cohen

Senior Director, Digital Engagement, WestRock

Gail Evans

Retired EVP, CNN & Visiting Lecturer, Georgia Tech

Gene Hanratty

Executive Director, Hong Kong Association of Atlanta, Inc.

Elizabeth Holder

Chair, Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees

Jin Jin, Ph.D.

President, Atlanta International Education Group

Tom Johnson

Retired President, CNN

Dennis Lockhart

Retired President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Amanda Mattingly

Senior Director, The Arkin Group

Robert McCallum

Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia

Cecily McLeod

Senior Counsel, Gordon & Rees LLP

Sherri Nadeau

Senior Advisor, Cerberus Capital Mnmgt

Omosede Oriakhi

Senior Financial Accouting Analyst, Anthem

Carol Orndorff

Consultant, Dorrier Underwood

David Peterson

Founder & Retired CEO, North Highland

Ramesh Subramaniam

Partner, Consequent

Keith Valentine

Vice President, Corporate Property Dispositions LLC

Mary Vidarte

CEO & Founder, Vidarte Consulting

Erica Warren

CEO, Creation Speak LLC

Rick Williams

Non-executive Chair, Primerica, Inc.

Lani Wong

Chair, National Association of Chinese-Americans

Davy Young

CEO, Oxford-Analytica 

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