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Shantella E. Cooper

Shantella E. Cooper

Shantella (Shan) E. Cooper has served as the Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress since January 2019. In this role, she provides leadership on key issues relating to economic growth and inclusion in Atlanta.



From 2016 to 2018, Ms. Cooper served as the Chief Transformation Officer for WestRock Company, a paper and packaging solutions company, where she was responsible for leading the company's efforts to develop processes and capabilities needed for growth. From 2011 to 2016, Ms. Cooper served as Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, an aerospace and defense contractor. While at Lockheed, Ms. Cooper oversaw the 6,000-employee operation responsible for designing, producing, modifying and maintaining military aircraft for the United States and countries around the world.



Ms. Cooper brings to the board of directors in-depth knowledge of business operations, transformation and strategy, together with experience in leadership, economic growth and community affairs. Ms. Cooper serves as a director of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc., Georgia Power Company and Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Board of Trustees of both Emory University and the Woodruff Arts Center. Additionally, Ms. Cooper serves on the Board for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Zoo Atlanta, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and a life member of the Board of Councilors for the Carter Center.



Ms. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and religion from Emory University and a master’s of business administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She is also a graduate of the Rutgers University Executive Masters in Global Human Resource Leadership Program.