George Winn serves as Chief Operations Officer at The Children’s Center in Detroit, Michigan where he leads a team of behavioral healthcare, child welfare and educational professionals in all aspects of program innovation and implementation. Mr. Winn takes a visionary approach to carefully overseeing the agency Systems of Care strategies while focusing on community partnerships and improving internal systems. He has passion for, and belief in, the family system and believes our children are our future and we must provide innovative, high quality services to children and families.
It is our mission “to help children and families shape their own future” and it is our duty and responsibility to nurture and provide guidance to our children.
Mr. Winn’s passions are fueled by his strong belief in the importance of family. Thus, he has become a vocal advocate for the deliberate inclusion of fathers in the daily lives of children. In June 2013, he was the recipient of the Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Award celebrating men who personify the exemplary qualities of respect, responsibility, passion, brotherhood and leadership.
Mr. Winn is a native Detroiter, a product of the Detroit Public School system and graduate of Cody High School where he was an outstanding scholar and athlete. He received an athletic scholarship from University of Wisconsin (Stout) and later transferred to St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan where he earned his bachelor’s degree in science. He earned his master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University in 1996.
Mr. Winn is highly regarded by his peers, who speak of his strong work ethics, passion for providing quality services and outstanding administrative capabilities.
Mr. Winn has also led, and participated in, the Mayor’s Task Force against abuse and neglect, diversity initiatives, as well as other advocacy initiatives engaging elected officials on ensuring every child has their basic needs met. He conducted many workshops and presentations on Fatherlessness, building strong communities, importance of emerging leaders and equity issues for families of color. He enjoys a range of professional successes having co-chaired the first fatherhood conference in Wayne County and piloted the first private agency contract on family to family in Michigan to maintain the family structure during the foster care placement process. Mr. Winn serves on the board of Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan. In May 2015 Mr. Winn completed the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities/University of Michigan’s Executive Leadership Institute.
Mr. Winn coaches AAU basketball for two area teams, mentoring boys ages 8-17 years old. Mr. Winn is a proud husband of 27 years and father of three sons ages 15, 17 and 24 years old. He and his wife Verita are enjoying life rearing their three sons. Mr. Winn and his family are strong in faith and belong to the Word of Faith Christian Center. One of his greatest enjoyments is watching his older son George Winn II play professional football.