Board member since May 2022, Gary McElyea is the Head of the North America Public Policy Center at The Coca-Cola Company. Gary leads a team of public policy experts tasked with developing and implementing Coca-Cola’s ESG agenda in the U.S. and Canada supporting the company’s mission to refresh the world and make a difference. He has been a leader in Coca-Cola’s public policy and government affairs function since 2011. In recent years, Gary led the development of key climate, sustainability and collection policies for Coca-Cola’s North America operating unit. He serves on the advisory council for the U.S. Plastics Pact and the steering committee for the Circular Economy Accelerator. In 2021, he was appointed to the New Jersey Plastics Advisory Council by Governor Phil Murphy. Gary also represents Coca-Cola on several policy working groups at the American Beverage Association and the Consumer Brands Association. Before joining Coca-Cola, Gary served as an advisor and spokesman for several elected officials and worked at radio stations in Missouri and New York.