eorge serves as a trusted counsel to business leaders, non-profit executives, and management teams. In addition to his work with The Kālaimoku Group, George is the founder of GTC 360° Advisors, a business strategy consultancy providing next-level growth in commercial and government marketplaces for companies, causes, and governments.
Before founding GTC 360° Advisors, George served as the global lead for the Government + Public Sector practice at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, leading work with cities, states, and countries around the world to provide strategic advice and tailor specific messages to the right audience regarding public advocacy campaigns, coalition building, trade promotion, tourism, digital governance, crisis management, and any issue that requires effective messaging.
George is a licensed attorney with a master’s in international affairs and over 16 years’ experience in the U.S. Congress, Department of State, Department of Defense and political campaigns. George has substantial expertise in global economics, energy, politics and security, and he has received multiple public service awards and commendations for developing strategic initiatives and solving complex problems for numerous U.S. government agencies, private companies, and foreign governments. George also has demonstrated achievements in strategic advice, coalition building, teamwork, leadership and implementation.
George served as a NATO Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of State during the run-up to the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels and Senior Advisor for Russia at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, focusing on Russia’s involvement in the Middle East and Syria in particular. In the latter capacity, George managed strategic communications with Russia to de-conflict air and ground operations in Syria, and he received a DoD award for “exceptional dedication to developing national security policy” in planning the April 7, 2017, U.S. strike against the Asad regime in response to chemical attacks against Syrian civilians. George also was a member of the U.S. negotiating team that secured a complex ceasefire among the Asad regime, Russia, Syrian opposition, and Jordan in Southwest Syria, which President Trump announced at the 2017 G-20 Summit.
Prior to his work at the Pentagon, George served as Special Assistant for Europe and Global Security for Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, where he was instrumental in the approval of $360 million security assistance and counter-artillery radars for Ukraine. George also has served as Political-Economic Officer at U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Regional Affairs Officer for the Caucasus at the Department of State and Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to Congressman John Tanner. Prior to his government service, George worked on numerous gubernatorial, congressional, and presidential campaigns.
George earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in International Affairs from the American University in Washington, D.C., and he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Honors.