What is your role at TLC? I serve as the Senior Manager of Conservation. My primary role is focused on developing and implementing the vision of Walnut Hill Nature Preserve: “The Sarah and Bailey Williamson Preserve at Walnut Hill will be a restorative landscape that connects all members of our community to historical, agricultural, and natural resources.” The opportunity to forge and bridge partnerships across the community in support of food and farm production, as well as honor the protection of our natural habitats, is indeed a joyful gift.
Favorite TLC Preserve: I enjoy them all; each and every one of the preserves carries a different voice of beauty, inspiration, and meaningful discovery. The rich biodiversity of plant species, creek beds, streams, and natural forests speak differently whether it’s the whispering pines, or the bold and beautiful sycamores watching over you. It’s never the same experience twice and that’s my favorite part.
George started at TLC in March 2018. As a Wake County native living on a farm, George grew to respect not only the rich cultural diversity within the community, but his love for natural wildlife and environmental stewardship was deepened. Professionally, George brings a wealth of experience in both business and economic development. As co-founder of ED3 Group, a small professional service firm (SPSF) that specializes in market development and procurement for transportation-related projects, George is known for going the extra mile in providing technical support and financial assistance with local businesses. In 2015, he served as Executive Director for Green Opportunities a non-profit organization focused in workforce training for construction skill trades and culinary arts with low income residents living in Asheville, NC. During his tenure, new corporate partnerships were formed with key anchor institutions for growth, employment pathways for students, and placement opportunities.
Prior to working with Green Opportunities, George served as the South Atlantic Region Project Director for the Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC). The SBTRC was part of the Transportation Institute, a division of NC A&T State University’s School of Business and Economics. Firms served by the SBTRC were competing for federal, state and local transportation-related contracts. He is very passionate about working to build sustainable development projects and Food Systems initiatives.
George has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Christian Practice (MACP) at Duke University’s School of Divinity.