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George C. Tagg, Jr. serves as senior advisor at the Hawksbill Group and CEO of GTC 360°, which provides comprehensive business strategy, business development, and public affairs solutions for clients around the world. He specializes in crafting unique solutions and executing integrated campaigns for companies, causes, and governments.

George is a licensed attorney with a master’s in international affairs and over 16 years’ experience in the U.S. Congress, Department of State, Department of Defense, and political campaigns. George has substantial expertise in global economics, energy, politics, and security, and he has received multiple public service awards and commendations for developing strategic initiatives and solving complex problems for numerous U.S. government agencies, private companies, and foreign governments.

George recently served as Executive Vice President and Global Lead for the Government + Public Sector practice at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, leading integrated campaigns with cities, states, and countries around the world. During his time in government, George served as a NATO Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of State during the run-up to the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels and Senior Advisor for Russia at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, focusing on Russia’s involvement in Syria. In the latter capacity, George managed strategic communications with Russia to de-conflict air and ground operations in Syria. He received a DoD award for “exceptional dedication to developing national security policy” in planning the April 7, 2017, U.S. strike against the Asad regime in response to chemical attacks against Syrian civilians. George also was a member of the U.S. negotiating team that secured a complex ceasefire among the Asad regime, Russia, Syrian opposition, and Jordan in Southwest Syria, which President Trump announced at the 2017 G-20.

Prior to his work at the Pentagon, George served as Special Assistant for Europe and Global Security for Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken. George also has served as Political-Economic Officer at U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Regional Affairs Officer for the Caucasus at the Department of State, and Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to Congressman Tanner. Prior to his government service, George worked on numerous political campaigns.

George earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in International Affairs from the American University in Washington, D.C., and he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Honors.

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