President and CEO Metro George Greanias has served as Houston METRO's Acting President and CEO since May 2010. He oversees a public transit agency with 3,500 employees and a $1.3 billion annual budget. In his sort time at the helm, George already has established an ambitious agenda that includes completing ...
President and CEO
George Greanias has served as Houston METRO's Acting President and CEO since May 2010. He oversees a public transit agency with 3,500 employees and a $1.3 billion annual budget. In his sort time at the helm, George already has established an ambitious agenda that includes completing the build-out of Houston's light rail system, improving customer service and making METRO more transparent to the public it serves.
Prior to joining METRO, George served as a partner at CLG, one of America's leading behavioral management firms where he specialized in helping complex organizations develop the behaviors needed to generate sustained long-term success.
From 1982-1987, George was a member of the Houston City Council, representing the more than 270,000 residents of District C. Following his tenure on City Council, George served as Controller for the City of Houston until 1995. As the City's Charter-designated chief financial officer, George had oversight responsibility for an operating budget of $1.4 billion and a capital budget of $500-$1 billion annually.
In addition to his public sector work, George was a charter member of Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Management. During his nine years at Rice, during which he became an Associate Professor, he was responsible for creating and leading innovative courses in the interplay among business, government, policy and politics.
George also has worked as an attorney, first in Houston and later in New York. In both instances, he specialized in corporate law and government regulation.
An accomplished writer, George has co-authored two books: one on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the other on contemporary issues regarding board of directors. He also is a published playwright. In 1972, the Rockefeller Foundation, through its Playwrights for Tomorrow program, selected his play "Wilson" for production at the Miami Repertory Theatre. "Wilson" was subsequently produced in 1974 at The Alley Theatre, here in Houston.
Throughout his career, this father of three has served on a variety of Houston not-for-profit boards and consulted extensively with Houston nonprofit agencies as well as public sector entities. Most recently, he was asked to serve two terms as president of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/'Harris County, now the Houston Arts Alliance. He also has facilitated strategic plan development for organizations as diverse as the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Theatre Under the Stars, Houston Baptist University and Trees for Houston.
His preferred working style is to lead and collaborate with teams, a philosophy he already has implemented at METRO.