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Trustee: Helen Smith Price, C’79

Helen Smith Price

Retired: Vice President, Global Community Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company, and President, The Coca-Cola Foundation 

City of Residence: Atlanta, GA
B.S. at Spelman College (Chemistry)
M.B.A. at Clark Atlanta University

Helen Smith Price was elected to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees in 2016. She is also a member of the Board Affairs Committee and the Atlanta Community and Civic Engagement Committee (formerly known as the Westside Revitalization Committee).

After 28 years, Price retired in 2021 from The Coca-Cola Company where she served as vice president of Global Community Affairs and President of The Coca-Cola Foundation. She also led the Company’s Global Community Affairs organization, providing the strategy and framework to fulfill the Company’s annual commitment of giving back at least 1% of its prior year’s operating income to local communities. Helen leads the team focused on making a unique and sustainable difference in the Company’s headquarters community of metro Atlanta. 

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Price held roles in audit, tax, accounting research and financial management at BellSouth Corporation. She began her professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. She was licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University. 

She currently serves on the boards of Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Woodruff Arts Center’s Alliance Theatre, Westside Future Fund, and the Membership Committee of the Atlanta Rotary. 

Why I Serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees

It is an honor to serve on Spelman’s Board of Trustees. I was able to attend Spelman College because of a full-tuition scholarship and it was a game changer for me. Along with the academics and the cultural exposure came an expectation to achieve your goals. I am committed to serving this institution and its students, many of whom arrived here just like me. Spelman will continue to make a difference in their futures, and they will make a difference in their communities.