About George

Bio

George has lived in Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago since 1976. He served as president of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (a 501(c)(3) nonproft neighborhood association) from 2001 through 2009; he began another term as HPKCC president in October 2014. In February, 2013, he completed his term as president of the Coalition for Equitable Community Development, an affordable housing advocacy group, and became a member of the 53rd Street SSA Advisory Committee. He currently serves as a commissioner on SSA #61 "Downtown Hyde Park," co-chairs the Hyde Park Disability Task Force, the Perennials Department of the Hyde Park Garden Fair, and is the setup coordinator for the annual Used Book Sale. George very strongly supports the Democratic Party.

As president of Computer Resource Center, Inc., George provides computer training and consulting throughout the Chicago area. He brings a background in print communication to the computer field: in past years, he worked as an editor at the University of Chicago, and as a desktop publishing/ communications consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, International Planned Parenthood, and other NGOs.

Since starting the CRC in 1991, George has provided on-going, short-term classes geared toward making PC users highly proficient as quickly as possible, through hands-on instruction. His long-term clients include Northwestern University School of Law, the University of Chicago Library Systems, the University of Chicago Law School, and Loyola University-Chicago, as well as many local nonprofit groups, such as Safer Foundation, Options for Youth, and Kaleidoscope for Kids. You can find out more about the Computer Resource Center at www.computer-resource.com.

He is a graduate of Mercer University (Macon, Georgia) and has a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago.

Accomplishments

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
A long-lasting but moribund neighborhood group found new life with George as president, from 2001 to 2009 and 2014-current. His first act was to change the bylaws to eliminate geographical boundaries, so the Conference could focus on wider South Side issues.

Coalition for Equitable Community Development
George was a founding member (and former president) of this nonprofit, created to promote affordable housing in the Hyde Park-Kenwood area and surrounding communities.

Kenwood Park (Farmer's Field) Usage Committee Chair
At the request of Alderman Preckwinkle, George chaired this committee to resolve neighborhood friction among users of the park, including Hyde Park Legends (baseball), Chicago South Side Fire (soccer), Kenwood girls' soccer, and Shoesmith School.

Disabled Adults Residential Enterprise (DARE) Board, (2011-Present)

Southside Preservation Action Fund Board (2007-2009)

Hyde Park Disabilities Taskforce Chair (2004-Present)

53rd Street TIF Advisory Council committees on
development and 53rd Street streetscaping

53rd Street SSA Advisory Council

Kirby Puckett Baseball League
2012 Sponsor of the Year

Special Service Area #61, Commissioner
and Vice Chair, 2014-2017

Organizing Member,
Citizens Action Committee for Fair University of Chicago Policing
2015

Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee (1999-present)

Hyde Park Used Book Sale Committee (2007-present)

Chicago Tribune
“[Rumsey is]...a likable businessman and affordable housing advocate who is passionate about smart development.”

Chicago Sun-Times
"We also like George Rumsey, a thoughtful community activist who articulates a clear vision for a ward in transition."