As the president of AT&T Georgia, Venessa Harrison is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction of AT&T's public policy and corporate activities across the state of Georgia.
Named to her current position in November 2018, Venessa works closely with state and local policymakers and business and community leaders to help make Georgia an even better place to live, work and raise families. She is focused on bringing new technologies that drive innovation and create jobs and on providing educational and economic opportunities that improve the quality of life for all Georgians.
Venessa began her telecommunications career as a telephone operator. She subsequently pursued a career-development opportunity in the network organization, quickly rising through the ranks of management within AT&T with increasing responsibility in the network, business, regulatory and external affairs departments. Prior to her current position, Venessa served for six years as the president of AT&T North Carolina.
In addition to her AT&T responsibilities, Venessa is committed to making a difference in the community and in the lives of others. She has a passion for charitable and educational endeavors and is currently the chair of the board of trustees of North Carolina A&T State University and a member of the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the executive boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Atlanta. Venessa was also honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle with a 2019 Women Who Mean Business award.
Venessa holds a degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. A North Carolina native, she is married with two children.