Mathew George, Chief Operating Officer
Mathew George believes that meaningful progress comes when those affected by change have leadership in crafting it. An experienced facilitator and organizer, he seeks innovative approaches, relies on genuine partnership, and equips individuals, organizations, and communities with knowledge and skills to be architects of their own lives and situations.
A nonprofit professional for more than a decade, his competencies include training and facilitation, collaboration and partnership, program design, advocacy, and process management. He has honed these skills across a diverse career, including rural-education development in sub-Saharan Africa, state and national public policy, and economic and leadership development in one of America’s most multicultural communities, Clarkston, Georgia.
Prior to joining Future Foundation, Mathew served at CDF Action, a partner to the residents of Clarkston focused on asset-based community development—initially as Economic Development Director and then Interim Executive Director. He got his start in Clarkston at the Global Village Project, teaching English to recently arrived refugee young women with limited or interrupted formal education. He then moved to Refugee Family Services (now New American Pathways), where he managed the Refugee Organizing in Action Collaborative, which provided capacity-strengthening coaching and training to local ethnic community-based organizations; his responsibilities also included public policy, communications support, and internal program assessment and evaluation. Previously, Mathew worked with City Year in Washington, DC, mobilizing advocacy for our nation’s service and volunteer programs. This followed three years in Zambia as an education and community-development volunteer with the US Peace Corps. Mathew has a BA in History and German from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
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