CHERYL TURNER | HISTORIAN
She previously served as Senior Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company providing legal support for the Sprite, Fanta and Odwalla brands and the African-American and Hispanic marketing teams. In these roles, Cheryl worked on a variety of innovative marketing programs and is most proud of the programs that help deliver more than $1 million dollars in scholarships to diverse communities. She also managed the Company’s Legal Division Summer Intern Program; co-chaired the Coca-Cola Legal Division Diversity Council; and served on the executive board of the Coca-Cola Women’s business resource group.
In 2010, she was named one of the Fulton County Daily Report’s top attorneys under 40 in Atlanta and, in 2011, was a member of the inaugural Fellows class of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national organization of legal leaders dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession. She also served as a member of the executive board of the Commercial Law Section of the National Bar Association for several years.
In 2014, Cheryl left The Coca-Cola Company to serve as the Constituency Director on the campaign of Michelle Nunn, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, in one of the most significant races in recent Georgia history.
An active member of the Gate City Bar Association, she has previously served as a Member-at-Large and as Vice-President, as well as the Chair of the Hall of Fame Gala. She also is the founder of the Summer Associate Program, which provides summer legal experience to law students through Gate City Bar Association member firms.
Cheryl is a graduate of Emory College and Emory University School of Law, where she was a Martin Luther King Scholar and a Woodruff Scholar.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she is a proud graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School and a resident of the historic Summerhill neighborhood in downtown Atlanta.