Vice President, Community Relations
Coca-Cola North America
Lori George Billingsley has 29 years of public relations experience in developing and implementing breakthrough programs that meet organizational goals, target audience needs and produce results. Currently, she is the Vice President of Community Relations for Coca-Cola North America (CCNA). In this role, she oversees community giving, engagement and volunteerism for The Coca-Cola Company’s (TCCC) North America operating unit.
She has been in the Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) department of TCCC for the past 13 years in a variety of positions: Director of Community and Multicultural Communications and Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of CCNA PAC, Director of Regional Communications, Director of Issues Communications and Director of Shareowner Affairs.
Prior to joining TCCC, Lori had her own public relations consultancy, LG Communications. The consultancy provided communications solutions for corporations, nonprofit organizations, associations, foundations, and public relations firms. She was a vice president at Porter/Novelli, a leading public relations firm, where she managed a number of nationally-acclaimed public education campaigns for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Cancer Institute. She co-founded the firm’s alliance building and multicultural communications practices and serviced clients, including federal agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, associations, and nonprofit organizations
Lori joined Porter/Novelli from the District of Columbia Government where she was a senior public affairs specialist. In that capacity, she wrote speeches, promotional materials, coordinated events, publicity, and community outreach efforts for the Office of Human Rights and Minority Business.
She was an associate professor of public relations at Ohio Dominican College in Columbus, Ohio; taught classes as an instructor and lecturer at World Harvest Bible College in Columbus, Ohio; and Howard University in Washington, D.C.
She is a member of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2008 and of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Georgia Chapter. She has served on the Executive Committee for PRSA’s Multicultural Communications Section. She serves on the Board of Directors of Atlanta Mission, Arete-Executive Women of Influence, The LAGRANT Foundation and on the Advisory Boards of Hosea Feed The Hungry & Homeless and Living Water for Girls. Lori served on the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Board and currently serves on its Community Engagement Council.
She was named an Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence (2014) from the Atlanta Business League; received the Gospel Heritage Vision Lifter Award (2014); the Phenomenal Woman Award for Corporate Leadership (2013) from the Black Women’s Roundtable; the Global Visionaries Award (2010) for excellence in leadership and service from Howard University’s School of Communications (HUSOC). She is a member of the HUSOC Board of Visitors.
Lori was a founding member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Black Public Relations Society. In addition to serving on several national and local boards and committees and receiving numerous awards for her work, she has judging national communications-related awards competitions; has authored papers, publications and reports; and has conducted workshops and presentations on a variety of topics.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations at Howard University and her Master of Arts in public communications at American University, both in Washington, D.C. Lori also is an ordained minister.