Granger brings to the new role a track record of leadership and commitment to education
October 22, 2020 (PORTLAND, ORE.) – AT&T-Oregon President George Granger has been named board chair of Friends of the Children’s National Board of Directors, the organization announced today. Before being appointed board chair, Granger served as the Board Co-Vice Chair. Granger has been a steadfast supporter of Friends of the Children for more than seven years and brings high-level leadership expertise—and a passion for the mission—to his new role.
“I could not be more thrilled to see George take on this new role,” said Terri Sorensen, CEO of Friends of the Children. “His ability to both lead and identify new opportunities and resources for the organization will allow us to better support the youth and families we serve. His dedication to equity in education and innovation will serve our organization well.”
Granger joined Friends of the Children’s National Board of Directors in 2016.
“I am grateful to take on the new role of Board Chair at Friends of the Children during such an extraordinary time in our country,” said Granger. “Amidst a pandemic, online learning challenges, economic devastation and a racial justice reckoning, America’s youth need more support than ever before. Friends of the Children is doing that important work across the country.”
AT&T has invested more than $1.2 million in Friends of the Children to date, including a recent $250,000 contribution to empower youth to access resources and support through technology during the pandemic.
Granger has not only focused his career on the wireless industry, but has made a remarkable commitment to community service. His AT&T work focuses on community partnerships, with a focus on education, and working with elected officials throughout Oregon. Granger’s passion for driving innovation in education and investing in local communities has been an important driving force for Friends of the Children, which focuses on innovating to better serve youth facing the greatest obstacles.
For nearly 20 years, Granger was an elected member of the Castro Valley School Board in California, serving as president of the board three times. Granger has continued his dedication to education and innovation in Oregon. He also serves on the boards of College Possible and the Technology Association of Oregon, along with supporting dozens of additional worthwhile efforts across the state.
Granger steps into the new role with the expiration of Greg Goodwin’s term as board chair. Goodwin is the former CEO of Kuni Automotive.
“I am incredibly grateful for the leadership Greg provided during his time as Board Chair,” said Sorensen. “Under his leadership, we launched 13 new locations around the country. Greg and George had a strong working relationship, which has set George up for success as the torch is passed on.”
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