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George Fontas

George Fontas

Executive Vice President

George Fontas, recently named a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” as the “Next Generation of Political Leaders,” and a “Borough 50” Brooklyn leader, oversees the firm’s efforts in legislative and political affairs. George plays a key strategic role in addressing legislation and public policy, securing land use approvals, managing elected official and agency relationships, identifying and negotiating strategic partnerships, and acquiring public sector funding.

For over a decade at Capalino+Company, George has earned a reputation as an innovative public policy and government affairs strategist. George’s work ranges from managing and advising on ULURP strategy, policy advocacy, and budget lobbying. During his tenure, George has successfully guided Airbnb, Uber and the Times Square Alliance through New York City public policy and legislation. He has been instrumental in achieving more than 45 complex land use projects including: the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, the Chelsea Market Rezoning and the Thor Equities’ Coney Island Rezoning. Moreover, he has secured in excess of $65 million in public sector funding for a variety of the firm’s not-for-profit clients.

From 2004-2006, George served as the Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs for former New York City Council Finance Chairman, David Weprin. George’s background working for the Finance Chairman and years of experience have earned him the reputation as an expert in the formulation of the City’s capital and expense budgets. George drafted and worked to pass Local Law 88 of 2005 and Local Law 17 of 2013. A veteran of numerous political campaigns across New York State at every level, George has been tremendously successful guiding political candidates to victory on Election Day.

A lifelong New Yorker with close ties to his native Brooklyn, George was honored as “Man of the Year” by NIA Community Services Network. He was a member of Community Board 10BK, serving as Chairman of the Police and Public Safety Committee and Parliamentarian, and now serves on the Board of Directors of Summer Search.

George holds a B.A. in Government from Manhattan College, a Master’s Degree in Government and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in International Relations from St. John’s University. He is also a graduate of CORO Leadership New York and has guest lectured on politics and government at Columbia University and Manhattan College.

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James CapalinoTravis TerryRichard BarthChris CollinsClaire AltmanMark ThompsonGeorge FontasBrooke SchafranJeanne MullgravRich KasselArthur WebbCathleen CollinsTunisha W. WalkerTom GrayFred KreizmanBen KleinbaumSteven FigueiredoEmil LissauerJesse CampoamorBrian WagnerAshley ThompsonTim KuchaLindsay SafranElina LysenkoKristin PalmasonSafeena MecklaiThomas FuBartin PegueroChante HarrisKelli StephensJoshua BassAndres PazminoLindsay MarksValerie Coburn-LichtensteinNatasha ScottEllen KatradisTheresa CrosbySusan Hinkson

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