George Jones is the Executive Director for Green Opportunities and provides overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansions, and execution of its mission. Founded in 2007, Green Opportunities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Asheville, North Carolina. GO’s programs address chronic poverty, joblessness and lack of opportunity in underserved, low-wealth neighborhoods throughout Buncombe County and public housing developments in the City of Asheville. Through these programs, GO prepares people for meaningful jobs that support families and improve community and environmental health. The organization has effectively established public, private and academic partnerships to include the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville (HACA), Asheville-Buncombe Technical College (AB Tech), the City of Asheville, and a strong network of relationships with local, regional partners, funders, and government agencies.
George brings a wealth of experience in business, community and economic development. Prior to his 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. The South Atlantic Region included North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. In 2008, he also served as project director over Tennessee and South Carolina for SBTRC. In addition to University economic development, George has worked with numerous public sector enterprises in the area of small business development. He served as small business advocate for the state of Texas with the Texas Department of Economic Development and the market development and procurement manager with the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development. He also served as a business development specialist with the NC Department of Transportation and as a historically underutilized business compliance specialist with NC’s Department of Administration. His familiarity with government procurement is vast and he is very passionate about helping small businesses succeed in the government marketplace.
George has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.