President, World Affairs Council of Atlanta

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta (the “Council”) seeks a dynamic and visionary individual to serve as its next President and set the course for an ambitious next chapter. 

The Council’s mission is to provide a forum for informed discussion of the global affairs that impact Metro Atlanta and support the city’s transformation into an international economic hub. Established in 2010, the Council is a non-partisan, membership organization whose vision is to inspire Atlanta to lead globally. 

The Council convenes leaders from business, diplomacy, politics, and nonprofit fields to drive dialogues on urgent international issues and their local implications. The Council’s high-quality programming leads to discussion and learning by connecting its audience to world-class thought leaders and creating purposeful networking opportunities. 

Council matters are overseen by a Board of Directors that includes senior business, civic, educational, and consular leaders from across Metro Atlanta. The Council is a prominent member of the World Affairs Councils of America and is affiliated with Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Leveraging the resources of these organizations, the Council is a unique Atlanta asset at the crossroads where business, civil society, and government leaders meet to effectively address the global environment in which everyone lives and works. 

Working closely with a high-level Board, the incoming President will have the opportunity to create and implement the Council’s vision for the future while leveraging its powerful legacy. This individual should have senior leadership experience and background related to world affairs to inspire the confidence of the Board, staff, Council members, and other business, government, and community leaders with global interests. The President should be a highly effective and persuasive communicator with the ability to connect and convene others to further the mission of the Council. For more information on the Council, visit the website at 

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta will be assisted on the Presidential search by Ellen Brown Landers, Bill O’Leary, Tracie Smith and Charles Buxton of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. For any inquiries or to submit an application, please contact the Heidrick search team using the following information: 

World Affairs Council of Atlanta 

Presidential Search 


The World Affairs Council of Atlanta is affiliated with Georgia State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia. Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.