Chief Financial Officer
Food for the Hungry is delighted to announce the appointment of George A. Schutter as our new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). As a distinguished leader with a comprehensive background in operations, strategy, business development, executive leadership, finance, procurement, and contracts, Mr. Schutter will bring invaluable expertise to our organization. Most recently, he served as the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the District of Columbia, leading the DC Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) and managing more than $11.7 billion in acquisitions for over 79 District agencies.
Appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2015, George Schutter was responsible for the overall leadership, implementation, and coordination of procurement activities in the District, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. He also managed overall agency operations and oversaw audit and compliance of procurement activities, as well as certified personnel in District procurement.
During his tenure at OCP, George expanded the agency’s procurement and contract management support to the District, overseeing a 290% increase in contract growth from approximately $3 billion in FY2015 to an anticipated $11.7 billion by the end of FY2023. Under his leadership, the agency saw a 366% increase in prime contracts to Certified Business Enterprises, rising from $300 million in FY2015 to $1.4 billion in FY2022. Throughout the challenging COVID-19 pandemic, OCP successfully procured over $650 million in goods, services, and construction to support the District government’s response efforts, including personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, call centers, a hospital built in the Convention Center, and vehicle decontamination stations, among others.
Prior to his role in the District of Columbia Government, Mr. Schutter served as the CFO of TechnoServe, an international non-profit organization providing business solutions to poverty. In this role, he led financial strategy, procurement, grants, contracts, and systems coordination for TechnoServe’s global network in over 30 countries. He also held the position of Global Public Sector Executive Director for Grant Thornton in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, supporting procurement and contract initiatives with the Iraqi government.
Before joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Schutter was the CFO of the Peace Corps, where he served for four years. During his tenure, he led a reorganization of the global financial and contract management organizations, as well as the development and certification of an enterprise-wide financial management system. He has experience negotiating international contracts with parties ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to sole proprietors in post-conflict countries, and he has developed acquisition policies and procedures that meet international standards.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Schutter is a former Major in the US Marine Corps, where he served for 10 years domestically and abroad, including four years as a Director of a Regional Contracting Office. He has led international efforts on procurement reform, financial management reform, and capacity building efforts in developing countries.
Mr. Schutter holds several professional certifications, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He earned degrees in Accounting from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Acquisitions and Contracts Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.