Retired Global Director, Supplier Diversity
The Coca-Cola Company
For more than 45 years, Johnnie Booker has advocated for minority businesses.Sheis viewed as a pioneer in supplier diversity byher leadership roles at Coca-Cola,Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Resolution Trust Corporation,U.S. Department of Housing andUrban Development and Federal Home Loan Bank Board.As a result of her contributions, she has received two Congressional Resolutions from the U.S. House of Representatives.
In the early 1970s, as assistant western regional director with the National Urban League and in collaboration with the Los Angeles Black Business Association and the Black Chamber of Commerce, she organized the first trade show for minority businesses with more than 50 corporations and governmental agencies to promote the use of minority businesses by these companies. During her tenure in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, she developed the NUL positions on Congressional legislation, federal and state regulations and programs in the areas of minority business, equal employment, housing and community development, urban policy and consumer affairs. She also served as liaison to congressional committees and federal agencies responsible for these programs.
As director of Consumer Affairs and Civil Rights with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Ms. Booker was instrumental in securing significant opportunities for minority investment bankers, accountants and lawyers in a financial regulatory environment that had never used minority vendors in these critical areas. As deputy assistant secretary of Fair Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, she made it very clear that all contracts issued within that office required significant minority participation.
In 2001, The Coca-Cola Company recruited Ms. Booker to assist in the development of the company’s global supplier diversity program. During her first year, this program resulted in increased spending with diverse businesses by 50 percent and exceeded the company’s goal by percent. Under her leadership, she consistently exceeded company goals in subsequent years and enhanced the company’s profile in actual dollars expended and expanded its global recognition. She established a supplier diversity-mentoring program to improve the capability and capacity of diverse suppliers doing business with the company. She launched a “second tier” program to increase opportunities for diverse suppliers to secure procurement opportunities through sub-contracting, joint venture and other partnership arrangements with first tier or prime suppliers.
Ms. Booker is a board member of the Fort Valley State University Foundation and Bronx Community College Foundation and holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton (Institute) University (Virginia) and a master’s of social work from Atlanta University School of Social Work(Atlanta).