“When I first came to GP, it had a neutral position in the community. People saw this big building and didn’t know about our corporate and social responsibility efforts,” said Curley. Equipped with a strong desire to help others reach their potential, he quickly put Georgia-Pacific’s resources to work in the community, and increased his leadership role in the process. It took less than 12 months before Curley was named president of the GP Foundation, a role that he still holds today.
“It’s gratifying to witness the life-changing impact a company can have when it effectively addresses crucial community needs. One of the early initiatives that I was involved with at Georgia-Pacific was to adopt the M. Agnes Jones Elementary School in Atlanta,” said Curley. “We made infrastructure investments, including a computer lab, and provided one-on-one tutoring by employees. Those efforts have made a difference for about 1,650 youth over the last 17 years. When we started in 1997, only 24 percent of the students were meeting state standards. Today that number stands at 94 percent.”