George serves as the 4th president of the Juneteenth of Fairfield County Organization. Since becoming the Juneteenth President in 2012, he has successfully developed the Juneteenth Parade into one of Bridgeport’s and Fairfield County’s most dynamic events. Distinguished by his integrity, commitment, and vision for committed leadership, George has helped to foster the growth and advancement of many community organizations while raising the bar for promoting collaboration within and among the ethnic communities of Bridgeport and Fairfield County.
Most recently, Mr. Mintz has partnered in the celebration of Juneteenth with several Fairfield County boards of education, establishing the Juneteenth Essay Contest among middle school students. He has worked tirelessly to create a partnership with local churches and community organizations to broaden the awareness and appreciation of African-American culture and history, such that self-esteem and pride are promoted throughout the communities of Fairfield County.
Prior to becoming the president of the Juneteenth of Fairfield County organization, George retired in 2008 as the Director of Student & Constituent Services at Columbia University where his primary responsibilities were developing and conducting the IT training classes for faculty and students to support all of the university’s voice and data systems. Preceding his career in education, he previously worked for 12 years at IBM /Siemens Company as a Marketing/Software Design Engineer supporting several Fortune 500 Companies. Prior to his appointment at IBM/Siemens, George was recruited by A T & T, after Central Connecticut State College, to be the National Account Manager for Domino Sugar and the International Paper company headquartered in New York City.
George grew up in Stamford, CT, where he founded the “Back to School Coalition, a citywide organization devoted to engaging parents in their children’s school and educational process, served as Executive Director of “Youth N Effect for Christ”, a citywide religious organization to ebb the tide of gun violence in Stamford, and served his religious community as the Christian Education Director for Bethel AME Church establishing several training programs for youths and adults, started the first Bethel AME Church Young Men’s Club and served as Church Trustee, Steward and Choir President.
A resident of Bridgeport since 1997, George has served as: the president of the Central High School PTSO, where he organized the first Student Government Day, a day when students are selected as teachers, counselors and principals to attract more students to choose education as a career, member of 135th District Democratic Town Committee, the Board of Education Superintendent Search Committee, co-chairman of the BOE Dropout & Graduation Committee, the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council and the Chairman of the NAACP Education Summit.
He was appointed by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation as the State Director for Juneteenth of Fairfield County in 2012. The Foundation is seeking to make the celebration of Juneteenth a National Holiday Observance. The Juneteenth of Fairfield County organization under George’s leadership has been the recipient of the Caribbean World Chamber of Commerce “Community Service Award” and the Stamford NAACP Chapter’s W.E.B. DuBois Award, participated in the Barnum and Puerto Rican Day Parades and invited to participate in the Harlem Day Parade in Harlem, NY in 2014.
Awards & Commendations
NAACP Community Service Youth Engagement Award
Columbia University Morningside Heights Community Service Award
IBM/Siemens Outstanding Customer Service Award
Bethel AME Church Youth Leadership Award
Boy Scouts of America Cub Master’s Leadership Award
George and his wife Melba are the parents of 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in July 2014.