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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs, Coca-Cola
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
History Is A Clock That People Use To Tell Their Time Of Day. It Tells Them Who They Are And What They Are. It Helps Them Find Themselves On The Map Of Human Geography

Birthplace

Born:
12/27/1945
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs, Coca-Cola
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
History Is A Clock That People Use To Tell Their Time Of Day. It Tells Them Who They Are And What They Are. It Helps Them Find Themselves On The Map Of Human Geography

Birthplace

Born:
12/27/1945
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Global Coca-Cola Foundation Chairman Ingrid Saunders Jones was born on December 27, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan to Georgia Ann Lyles Saunders and Homer Leon Saunders. She attended Therkell Elementary School and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1964. Jones studied at Michigan State University and graduated with her B.S. degree in education in 1969. She went on to earn her M.A. degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1973. Jones completed her student teaching at Therkell Elementary in her old neighborhood and taught in the Detroit Public Schools until 1974.

Moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1974, Jones served as executive director of the Child Care Coordinating Council from 1974 to 1977. She was a special assistant to the Atlanta City Council from 1977 to 1978, and from 1978 to 1979, Jones served as a legislative analyst. She was named executive assistant to Atlanta’s first African American mayor, Maynard Jackson in 1979 and served until 1982. Joining The Coca-Cola Company in 1982, Jones was appointed vice president of Urban and Governmental Affairs in 1987. Since 1991, Jones has served as chair of the Global Coca-Cola Foundation, which is committed to education and educational outreach programs. As foundation chair, Jones oversees the granting of over $200 million annually. The foundation funds programs in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Jones serves on the boards of numerous worthy organizations including the Woodruff Art Center; the Apollo Theatre Foundation; Clark Atlanta University; the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Girls Incorporated; the Ohio State University’s President’s Council on Women; and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 9, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ingrid Saunders Jones's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ingrid Saunders Jones lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her mother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ingrid Saunders Jones explains how her mother's family protected themselves from segregation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her parents' educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes her father's experience growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her parents' jobs and living in the Sojourner Truth Housing Projects d in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ingrid Saunders Jones explains her birth order in her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ingrid Saunders Jones recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes her experience at Thirkell Elementary school in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ingrid Saunders Jones explains how she resembles her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ingrid Saunders Jones recalls activities she enjoyed as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes her experience at Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her parents' involvement with community organizations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes her interests during her time at Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Ingrid Saunders Jones explains how she decided to attend Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes how her mentor helped her succeed at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her awareness of the Civil Rights Movement through her church and at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about the Shrine of the Black Madonna
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ingrid Saunders Jones recalls her campus activities at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ingrid Saunders Jones recalls an experience with discrimination at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ingrid Saunders Jones remembers the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her graduate school and early teaching career