George R. Greenidge is a visiting fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Georgia State University, where his current research focuses on the economic development of urban cities and the impact of displacement and gentrification on its residents. George's dissertation research will focus on how urban redevelopment in downtown areas affects business growth and entrepreneurship, and more specifically, how they impact the surrounding neighborhoods which are frequently poor minority areas. Additionally, in his dissertation, George will address how economic institutions such as city agencies, developers, and residential and commercial leasing companies affect the members of society, particularly marginalized sub-populations. Some of George's other research includes postsecondary education and career success of minority students with a concentration on Black and Latino males. He has worked as an Economic Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Urban Fellow with the GSU College of Law's Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and with GSU’s inaugural field school research projects as a team leader and interviewer in urban housing policy.
George holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s in Political Science/International Studies from Morehouse College. George has served in several capacities throughout his career in the nonprofit, government, philanthropy, and education fields. Most recently, he was President of the Boston Empowerment Zone, a federally funded HUD initiative aimed at economic investment in U.S. urban neighborhoods, and the Founder and Executive Director of the National Black College Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit focused on providing alumni mentors to college and high school students.
Recently, George was recognized by the United Negro College Fund and the Boston Red Sox with their inaugural Homecoming Award for his life-long commitment to providing mentorship to over 10,000 high school and college students pursuing college degrees in Boston, MA, and Atlanta, GA. This year, the American Sociological Association awarded him their inaugural Community and Urban Sociology Section's 2021 Publicly Engaged Scholar Award for his convening and advocacy, diversity, equity and inclusion programming efforts in urban communities/cities.
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