Shantella Carr Cooper 89C 95B

Executive Director
Atlanta Committee for Progress
Atlanta, Georgia

Shantella Carr Cooper

Shantella Carr Cooper is the executive director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP). The ACP was founded in 2003 with a mission to provide leadership on key issues important to economic growth and inclusion for all citizens of Atlanta. The ACP includes more than 40 highly engaged CEOs, university presidents, and civic leaders who offer expertise in service to Atlanta and its future development.

She is the former chief transformation officer of WestRock, responsible for procurement, logistics, information technology, and recycling. Prior to joining WestRock, she served as vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.

As general manager, she was responsible for the 6,000-employee operations in Marietta, Georgia; Meridian, Mississippi; and Clarksburg, West Virginia, which design, produce, modify, and maintain military aircraft for the US and countries around the world. Marietta programs included the C-130J Super Hercules, F-22 Raptor, P-3 Orion, C-5M Super Galaxy, and F-35 Lightning II.

Cooper was named Georgia Trend’s 2015 Most Respected Business Leader; one of the Women of the Year 2015 by the American Association of University Women; and one of Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Georgians in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. She also was named one of Black Enterprise Magazine's Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America in 2017.

A member of the board of directors of Georgia Power and the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta as well as the board of trusteees of the Woodruff Arts Center, she also serves on the board for the Technical College Sustem of Georgia, is a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club, and is a life member of the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center.

Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and religion from Emory and a master’s of business administration from Goizueta Business School. She is also a graduate of the Rutgers Global Executive Master's in Human Resource Leadership program.

She was elected as an alumni trustee in 2013.