December 13, 2010 Coffee & Company

Paula Boggs Appointed to the White House Council for Community Solutions

Today, Paula Boggs, Starbucks Coffee Company executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, was named by President Obama to the newly formed White House Council for Community Solutions.

In addition to providing advice to the President on solving specific community needs, the Council has been tasked with three key functions: enlisting leaders in the non-profit, private, and philanthropic sectors to make progress on key policy goals; providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration; and honoring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities. The Council will be composed of leaders from non-profits, corporations and foundations who are committed to social innovation and civic engagement.

"Investing in the communities where we do business is core to Starbucks mission. Healthy, thriving neighborhoods are vital to our quality of life, and to the sustainment of future generations," said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. "We congratulate Paula on her appointment and welcome the opportunity to work with President Obama and all those named to the Council to develop solutions that will benefit local communities."

"I could not be more honored, humbled and thrilled by President Obama naming me today to the White House Council for Community Solutions. As a long-time Starbucks partner, I firmly believe in the power of cross-sector community building," said Boggs. "I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues on the Council to revitalize communities across the country."

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