George L. Garrow Jr., chief executive officer of Concerned Black Men National. (Courtesy Photo)
George L. Garrow Jr., chief executive officer of Concerned Black Men National, resigned from his position after 17 years. According to a letter he wrote to staff, board, and selected friends, his last day in office was on April 10.
Concerned Black Men is a national organization that develops strategic interventions for African American children and parents, and in particular, Black men and boys. The organization’s vision is to ensure that every child has a responsible and caring adult in his or her life, filling the void of positive Black male role models in many communities. They provide mentors and programs that affirm the care and discipline that all youth need, while providing opportunities for academic and career enrichment.
“I am not retiring,” Garrow told the AFRO on April 13 in an email. “I will continue to provide ‘thought leadership’ nationally on developing positive outcomes for Black men and boys. I will do that through speaking engagements, consulting, media appearances, writing, and other opportunities. I also will remain available to help CBM National and new Executive Director Leroy Hughes pursue this important work.”
Throughout his work with the organization, Garrow helped develop Young Males of Color initiatives, assisted with developing programs for parents to help them create stronger families and healthier children, and many other programs and initiatives.
He currently sits as vice chair of the Board of the District of Columbia Children’s Trust Fund, a nonprofit focused on preventing child abuse and neglect through education and advocacy. He is a member of the Coordinating and Steering committees for the 2025 Network for Black Men and Boys, a national movementbuilding strategy focused on developing positive life outcomes for Black males. He is also a member of the Black Male Achievement advisory board for the Council of Great City Schools, an association representing more than 1800 urban school districts in the country.
“Our communities need to bring long-term strategic interventions to bear in the lives of children, especially Black boys,” he said, referring to the need to support and build institutions from a national perspective. “It’s our best hope to transform the lives of African American men and boys.”