Curley M. Dossman, Jr.

Immediate Past Chairman

CURLEY M. DOSSMAN, JR., PRESIDENT
GEORGIA-PACIFIC FOUNDATION
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

Curley M. Dossman Jr. is president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and vice president of Community Affairs at Georgia-Pacific. He oversees all the company’s community-based programs nationwide and the foundation’s philanthropic giving.  In his dual roles, he works closely with Chief Executive Officer Christian Fischer, other company executives, and civic leaders in Atlanta and across the country.

Curley is a native of Louisiana, who attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he received a BA degree in 1973. While attending Morehouse, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, received the Robert Brisbane Outstanding Award for Students of Political Science, served as President of the Morehouse Student Government Association and was a member of the College Board of Trustees.

After graduating from Morehouse, he attended Washington University School of Law and earned the JD degree in 1976.  While there, he served as President of the Association of Black Students.

1994 – Joined Georgia-Pacific as Senior Director, Community Programs Department.  Currently as President of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and Vice President of Community Affairs, he is responsible for Community Relations Program development for headquarters and local plant communities nationwide and administration of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and Community Affairs Department.  Curley works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, company executives, and key Atlanta leadership regarding programs and initiatives important to Georgia-Pacific.

1984 – Joined AT&T as the Regional Attorney for the Southern Region (National Government Relations Division) for nine Southeastern States. In 1989 he received the AT&T External Affairs Pacesetter Award for Excellence in Performance and was selected to be a participant in AT&T’s Advanced Management Program in recognition of his performance as a high-potential employee.  In 1990 he assumed the position of State Vice-President for Georgia and was responsible for covering local, state, and federal issues.

1979 – Joined the staff of U.S. Senator Russell Long, first serving as the Senator’s State Liaison with all federal agencies.  Subsequently, he served as Senator Long’s Legislative Assistant on the Washington staff.

Affiliations:  

  • 100 Black Men of America, Immediate Past International Board Chair
  • Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals, Past Board Chair
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Board of Directors
  • Atlanta Committee for Progress, Community and Government Affairs Advisory Council
  • RedefinED, Board of Directors
  • Savannah State University, Board of Visitors
  • Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Chair, Marketing Committee; Board of Directors
  • Metro Atlanta YMCA, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Board of Directors
  • Chris Kids, Advisory Board
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Education Committee (former Chair)
  • Atlanta Rotary – member
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Louisiana Bar Association, member

Former Affiliations: 

  • High Museum of Art – Board of Directors; Finance Committee
  • National Black Arts Festival – Chair, Board of Directors; Executive Committee
  • Atlanta Police Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College – Board of Advisors
  • Path Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Piedmont Park Conservancy – Chair, Board of Directors
  • University of Georgia -Task Force on Black Males in Higher Education – Chair, Partnerships Committee

Honors and Recognitions: 

  • Alpha Atlanta Education Foundation, Aureus Leadership Award, 2017
  • National Newspaper Association, National Leadership Award 2017
  • PIVOT Foundation, Excellence in Philanthropy Award, 2017
  • Org., National Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2016
  • Future Foundation, Jean Childs Young Individual Leadership in Education Award, 2016
  • SCLC WOMEN, Drum Major for Justice Award, 2016
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Distinguished Alumni Award 2015
  • Ebony Magazine, Power 100, 2016
  • Southern Company, Excellence in Mentoring, 2015
  • Atlanta Metropolitan College, Celebration of Leadership Award, 2015
  • Uptown Professional, Humanitarian Catalyst Award, 2014
  • ICABA Distinguished Atlantans – Corporate Award 2014
  • Trust for Public Land, Conservation Award, 2013
  • Business to Business, Impact Award, 2012
  • Morehouse College “A Candle in the Dark” Award, 2011
  • Big Brother’s Big Sister’s “Legacy Award, 2010
  • Morehouse Entrepreneurship – Innovative Creative Entrepreneur Award, 2007
  • Who’s Who in Black Atlanta: Most Influential African Americans 2002 – 2007, 2013
  • PAGE Foundation “Page Turning” Award, 2005
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site – National Park Service-Extraordinary Leadership Award, 2002
  • “Presidential Citation” – National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, 1990
  • Phi Beta Kappa – Morehouse College, 1973

Curley’s wife Jennifer is an Honors Graduate of Spelman College.  They have a son, Jonathan, who is also a graduate of Morehouse College.

 

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