George Abbott is special assistant to the VP/Community and National Initiatives at Knight Foundation. Abbott serves as overall project manager for the Knight Cities Challenge and is also currently Knight’s interim program director in St. Paul, Minn. Previously, he worked in communications at ArtPlace America, a funding collaborative working to accelerate creative placemaking across the United States. Abbott worked on the 2013 presidential inauguration and as an organizer on President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. He is an author with numerous published works, including “The Economics Book” (Dorling Kindersley). Abbott holds a bachelor’s degree from Newcastle University.