Curtis L. Etherly

Director, Federal Affairs & International Stakeholder Relations, The Coca-Cola Company
Curtis Etherly

Curtis L. Etherly's Story

Curtis L. Etherly, Jr., Esq. serves as Director of Federal Affairs & International Stakeholder Relations for The Coca-Cola Company. In this capacity, Mr. Etherly interfaces with key congressional constituencies, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the LGBT EQUALITY Caucus and the Veterans Jobs Caucus.

A 15-year veteran of the Coca-Cola System, Mr. Etherly also leads the Company’s engagement with the African diplomatic corps, key U.S. government stakeholders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in support of the Company’s business and philanthropic efforts across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Coca-Cola System is the largest private sector employer in Africa with over 70,000 associates and $US17 billion in announced investments across the continent between 2010 and 2020. Coca-Cola has been present in Africa since 1928 and operates in all 54 countries.

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) has committed $US150 million to more than 200 projects across 48 countries on the continent. Key commitments include: the expansion of sustainable access to clean drinking water (RAIN Initiative), supporting women’s economic empowerment (5by20 Program), improving supply chain logistics for the transport of critical medicines and medical supplies (Project Last Mile), developing and enhancing sustainable local agriculture sourcing models (Source Africa) and youth development (“Youth Empowered for Success” Initiative).

Prior to his tenure with The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Etherly served in varying professional capacities with local government, the non-profit sector and private industry. He has advised stakeholders and principals on a wide array of issues including economic development, education and the environment, labor and municipal tax policy, zoning and land use. Mr. Etherly received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Yale University in 1990 and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.