George Tilson, Ed.D.

Founder and President

Since 1975, Dr. George Tilson has dedicated his career to the mission of helping communities build or enhance programs that support youth and adults with disabilities and other challenges in achieving their life goals for employment, education, and full community membership.   In May of 2013, George launched an independent consultation business, with a focus on Career and Workforce Development. Working with a variety of stakeholders, he specializes in professional development and training, policy analysis, strategic planning, and program evaluation. In addition, he continues to assist individuals and their families with career planning and job seeking.

George served for 24-years as senior vice president of TransCen, Inc., where he was a member of the team that conceptualized and inaugurated the Bridges from school to work program, sponsored by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. He was the manager of the first Bridges site in the Washington, DC metro area, and subsequently served as the first national director when the program was replicated in 8 other cities across the country.  He continues to provide technical assistance to the Marriott Foundation.

George co-developed and directed 14 innovative demonstration and research projects related to transition, career counseling, job development, creative teaching, and accommodation. He is co-author of the popular book Working Relationships: Creating Career Opportunities for People with Disabilities Through Employer Partnerships and is a contributing author to The Way to Work. Nationally and internationally, he has provided training and consultation to corporations, human service organizations, school systems, self advocate and parent groups, as well as government agencies.  . He served as an advisor to the Social Security Administration on its Youth Transition Demonstration research study. He has taught at The George Washington University, The University of Maryland -- and recently joined the online faculty at the University of Kansas, Department of Special Education.  In August of 2015 he delivered the keynote address in Oslo, Norway – to a meeting of the European Union Supported Employment Initiative.

For 10 years George was an English and Special Education teacher, at the middle and high school levels. He received his advanced degrees from The George Washington University where his fields of study included secondary education transition and program evaluation. His undergraduate degree is from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

On the avocation side, George is an avid hiker (especially the mountains of North Carolina!) and a playwright/composer. His plays and musicals have been presented in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Indiana, and Montana. He is a mentor with ArtStream, which provides performance opportunities for actors with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America..