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Falcons Appoint Three new Members to Board of Advisors


Atlanta Falcons Owner & Chairman Arthur M. Blank today announced the appointments of Bill Bolling,

Dr. Robert M. Franklin and Ingrid Saunders Jones to the Atlanta Falcons Board of Advisors. The appointments are effective immediately.

"Bill, Robert and Ingrid are strong additions to our board of advisors," Blank said. "All three are well-respected business and community leaders, with skills and talents that will complement those of our existing members of the board. We look forward to benefiting from their insights and the valuable contributions they will make to the Falcons organization."

Bill Bolling is founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes millions of pounds of food each year through more than 700 nonprofit partner organizations throughout the Southeast. He is a charter member of the board of directors of Feeding America and serves on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Commission on Homelessness, as well as the nonprofit studies program advisory committee of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Robert Franklin is the tenth president of Morehouse College, the private historically black liberal arts college for men, located in Atlanta. He serves on numerous boards, including the Character Education Partnership (Washington, DC) and Public Broadcasting Atlanta (WABE). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee; the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Executive Committee; the HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board; and the U.S. Naval War College Board of Advisors. Franklin is the author of three books, Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day's Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1989).

Ingrid Saunders Jones is senior vice president of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation. Under her leadership, Global Community Connections makes a unique and sustainable difference around the world by focusing its engagement efforts on water stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling and education. She is a member of the Clark Atlanta University board of trustees; the Carter Center board of councilors; the Woodruff Arts Center; The Ohio State University President's Council on Women board of trustees; the Rotary Club of Atlanta; the Society of International Business Fellows; and the national board of directors of the Girl Scouts USA.

Bolling, Franklin and Jones join existing Atlanta Falcons board of advisors members Hank Aaron, Steve Bartkowski, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Felker Ward, Jr., and Ambassador Andrew Young. Members of the board serve as community ambassadors for the club, as advisors in furthering the Falcons' strategic initiatives and, on occasion, as mentors for the club's associates and players and their families.

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