​Vera Names Guardianship Project Director, Kimberly George

Nicholas Turner, president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), has announced the appointment of Kimberly George as director of The Guardianship Project (TGP), a Vera demonstration project. George came to TGP on September 4, 2018, as a proven leader in nonprofit management, health policy, advocacy, and strategic partnership building.

Prior to joining TGP, George was the executive director of Rebuilding Together NYC, where she developed a robust volunteer program of more than 2,500 volunteers for home rebuilding projects. George has also served as executive director of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition and as a program director at CAMBA (overseeing the Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes), and she previously worked at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding.

"The Guardianship Project is a lifeline to New York City's most vulnerable residents," Turner said. "Kimberly brings a unique blend of expertise and experience in both policy and practice to the vital work of the project. I am confident that she will continue the project's compassionate work, leading a dedicated staff of change agents and advocates for older and disabled adults. With a population that is graying rapidly, such services are becoming increasingly vital, and Kimberly will further TGP’s role as a thought leader for guardianship across city, state, and national landscapes."

"I am honored to join Vera as the director of The Guardianship Project, continuing my commitment to improving access to health services and care for low income and other communities in need," George said. "I know that Vera is committed to securing equal justice for all, including for those who can’t fully care for themselves. I stand equally committed to deepening Vera's holistic, restorative work for so many people and to broadening its work to enhance the elder services safety net to far-reaching communities."

George serves on the Advisory Committee for Healthy Aging in Affordable Housing of Enterprise Community Services, and has served on the Board of the Public Health Association of New York City and as an adjunct professor at Long Island University, where her work focused on health disparities. She has published in several public health journals and received a Community Partner Recognition Award from the Brooklyn District Public Health Office of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2016, she received the New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Star award.

George received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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