USGBC Greenbuild 2010 Speaker Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada

In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), Geoffrey Canada, now HCZ’s president and chief executive officer, has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, and as a passionate advocate for education reform. The non-profit launched the Zone Project in 1997, which provides educational, social, and medical services to children and young adults in Central Harlem. Today, the project covers 100 blocks, and aims to serve over 10,000 children by 2011.

Canada, a native of the South Bronx, drew upon his own childhood experiences as well as his work with the Zone Project in his books Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in education from the Harvard School of Education. He has received six honorary degrees from various institutions, was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report, and his numerous awards include the first Heinz Award in 1994 and the Child magazine’s Children’s Champion Award.