George Chochos

George is a senior program associate on the Unlocking Potential initiative, where he provides technical assistance to college-in-prison programs. He joined Vera in 2020 as a senior federal policy associate to work on Pell reinstatement for incarcerated students. Prior to Vera, he was the assistant director of program management at Georgetown University, where he served as the program manager of the Georgetown Pivot Program—a first-of-its-kind program offering a certificate in business fundamentals and entrepreneurship to formerly incarcerated DC residents. His journey from prison to the Ivy League has been covered by media outlets, including PBS, NPR, and the New Haven Register. George is a PhD candidate in theological and religious studies at Georgetown University. He holds a BA in social studies from Bard College through the Bard Prison Initiative, an MPS in urban ministry from New York Theological Seminary, and an MDIV and an STM in theology from Yale Divinity School.