President and CEO – Harlem Children’s Zone
Geoffrey Canada is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and was the recipient of the Heinz Award in 1994 for his work as President and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in New York City. He has served in that position since 1990. In June 2004, The New York Times Magazine called the agency’s Zone Project “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” Mr. Canada’s work at HCZ has become a national model. He is regarded as an expert on violence, children, and community redevelopment. Mr. Canada grew up in the South Bronx and is dedicated to helping children of similar backgrounds secure educational and economic opportunities. Mr. Canada holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a M.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.