George Granger, President of AT&T-Oregon, has focused his career on the wireless industry and a remarkable commitment to community service. He is excited to be part of the wonderful Oregon community. His work will be focused on community partnerships and working with elected officials throughout the state.
Granger, whose wireless industry resume is broad, understands how government works better than most executives because he had hands-on experience in politics and working for public officials. For nearly 20 years from 1994 until he moved to Oregon in 2013, Granger was an elected member of the Castro Valley School Board, serving as president of the board three times. He was an activist president, leading three successful campaigns to pass school bonds that funded more than $100 million in facility improvements.
He learned about public service at the beginning of his career, when he worked for two leading California public officials: Congressman Pete Stark and Bill Lockyer, who currently is California’s State Treasurer but previously was the state’s Attorney General and before that President of the California State Senate.
Granger’s wireless career started at Cingular Wireless, where he became the company’s Director of External Affairs. In that role, he directed legislative and regulatory activities in eight states in the West Region, including California, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, and Utah.
After Cingular merged with AT&T Wireless, Granger was charged with managing AT&T’s relationship in an important region of California that included Silicon Valley, then was named Executive Director of External Affairs for AT&T’s Bay Area Team, which covered Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties.
In addition to his work for AT&T and the School Board Granger found time to broaden his public service through a host of boards. He served on the boards of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the East Bay Cancer Support Group, the East Bay Regional Park District Foundation, the Chabot Space and Science Center, and ECHO Housing. He also served in the roles of Chairman of the United Way Giving Campaign in Alameda County and President of the Alameda County School Board Association.
Granger most recently was AT&T’s representative to help build the “Remember Them” project. “Remember Them” is a 52-foot-long and 25-foot-high bronze sculpture in Oakland, CA that depicts 25 civil rights activists, including Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandi, Oskar Schindler, Harvey Milk and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. among others. “Remember Them” is the largest bronze monument west of the Mississippi and the only one dedicated to civil rights.