George Fontas

EVP
Capalino+Company

Representing clients such as Uber and Airbnb, George has earned a reputation as an innovative public policy and government affairs strategist in the nation's most difficult regulatory environment, New York City.

George serves as Executive Vice President, responsible for the Legislative and Political Affairs division of Capalino+Company, NY's largest lobbying firm. In his decade at the firm George has racked up an impressive array of victories on behalf of his clients, in the Tech, Land Use, Tourism, and Non-Profit sectors.

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 recently honored as “Man of the Year” by NIA Community Services Network, a non-profit organization for his community service.

In 2013 George was named to the 40 under 40 Rising Stars in New York politics and listed in 2016 he was named a Top 50 Most Powerful Community Leader in Brooklyn, NY.

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

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