CEO and Founder
As Founder of Fontas Advisors, George has earned a reputation as an innovative leader and trusted strategist, advising clients across the corporate, real estate, technology, and nonprofit sectors as they navigate the complexity of New York City and State. Highly skilled in both the politics and policies needed to drive ambitious outcomes, he is among the region’s most respected government affairs advisors, having been named multiple times by City & State newspaper as one of New York’s most influential civic leaders.
George founded Fontas Advisors with a vision to build a firm that offers superior government affairs services and maintains a boutique culture, enabling a highly attentive approach and customized solutions for every engagement. With the ability to work seamlessly across jurisdictions in New York and New Jersey and diverse capabilities curated for today’s rapidly evolving public affairs environment, Fontas Advisors builds trusted, long-term partnerships with its clients.
With over 15 years in government affairs, George brings his diverse experience, political relationships, and legislative savvy to bear for every client. He has delivered success for more than 40 complex land use projects, including transformational developments and major rezonings throughout New York City. He has raised over $70 million in public sector funding for nonprofit organizations, while helping them establish strong relationships with elected officials. George has negotiated ambitious public policy initiatives and has represented tech disruptors, navigating regulatory hurdles to lay the groundwork for growth.
Prior to founding Fontas Advisors, George was Executive Vice President at Capalino & Company where, for eleven years, he led successful advocacy programs focused on political and legislative affairs, land use, and economic development. He began his career in New York City government, serving as Legislative and Communications Director to the former Chairman of the New York City Council Finance Committee. A veteran of more than a dozen political campaigns at the municipal, state, and federal level, George has been tremendously successful guiding political candidates to victory on Election Day.
George holds a B.A. in Government from Manhattan College and an M.A. in Government from St. John’s University. He is a graduate of CORO Leadership New York and is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on the intersection of business and government. A native New Yorker, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.