ABOUT

OUR FOUNDER

GEORGE (CHIP) GREENIDGE

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George (Chip) Greenidge, Jr. is the Founder and Director of the Greatest MINDS. He is currently completing his doctorate at Georgia State University in the Departments of Sociology and African American Studies with a concentration in Race and Urban Studies. He received his master's degree in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and his bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Studies from Morehouse College. He is originally from the Boston & Cambridge, Massachusetts area. 

 

Chip Greenidge has served in many capacities throughout his career in the fields of non-profit, government, philanthropy, and education. Most recently, he was President of the Boston Empowerment Zone, a federally funded HUD initiative aimed at economic investment in U.S. urban neighborhoods and the Founder and Executive Director of the National Black College Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit focused on providing alumni mentors to college and high school students. His work as a convener has also been recognized locally and nationally by several organizations including the Aspen Institute, National Urban League, and the Independent Sector. 

 

His current research focuses on the economic development of urban cities and affordable housing and the impact of displacement/gentrification on its residents. He also studies post-secondary education and career success of minority students with a concentration on Black and Latino males. While a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia State University, Chip has worked as an Economic Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, an Urban Fellow with GSU Law School’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, GSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the GSU Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni.