The White House, National and Community Abbreviated Bio of Rev. Dr. George Holmes
Having served and assisted three consecutive United States Presidents: President Bill J. Clinton; President George W. Bush and President Barack H. Obama and their White House Administrations both Democrats and Republicans and five consecutive District of Columbia Mayors, Rev. Dr. George Edward Holmes was bestowed the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Barack H. Obama for his lifelong commitment in building a stronger nation. Rev. Dr. Holmes is the first member of Clergy to be officially trained by Members of the United States Congress in a special Congressional Political, Education and Leadership Training Institute, having the distinct honor of being selected by United States Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Rev. Dr. Holmes was conferred by the United States House of Representatives, the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community for his exceptional leadership. Rev. Dr. Holmes has organized and facilitated thousands of Interfaith, Community, Business and Corporate Leaders to interface or set public policies with the President of the United States, the Vice President, the White House Cabinet, the Majority Whip, the United States Congress, Governors, State Senators, Mayors, City Councilmembers, Government Officials, Dignitaries and Celebrities and as a result, Rev. Dr. Holmes, inspired by his many years of national service, co-authored, with many prominent international faith leaders, the highly acclaimed book, “Mr. President”. He recently served as a member of the President Obama National Clergy Leadership Group and now serves as a member of the National Clergy Leadership Network and Chaplain and Chair of the Religious Council of the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee.
Rev. Dr. George E. Holmes is a frequent guest of the President of the United States and the Senior Administration pertaining to White House Briefings, Weekly White House Stakeholders Policy Meetings, White House Leadership Conferences, White House Big Table Roundtable on State and Local Government Relations, Presidential Historic Signings (e.g., the Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Affordable Health Care Reform Bill), White House Advisory Councils, White House Faith Based Summits, White House Council of Economic Advisors and the President and First Lady Arrival Ceremonies welcoming Foreign Dignitaries and Diplomats. He is an Advisory Board Member of the World Chamber of Commerce. Rev. Dr. Holmes worked with President George W. Bush to orchestrate meetings with survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Rev. Dr. Holmes was strategic in the vetting of the Houses of Worship for President Obama and the First Family.
Appearing on National and Local Television, e.g., CSPAN, BET, CNN, Syndicated Radio Networks and in Newspapers, Rev. Dr. Holmes has been recognized in many national publications including Ebony Magazine as, “One of America’s 30 Young Leaders of the Future,” Jet Magazine as an “Outstanding Elected Leader,” Who’s Who National Publication, Sister 2 Sister Magazine and Time Magazine where he served as a Chaplain at the Pentagon following 9-11 which was televised and photographed, as President Bush addressed the United States and the World.
Rev. Dr. Holmes is known throughout the United States as a prolific orator. He has given hundreds of speeches and sermons at Faith Institutions, Public and Private Organizations, Schools and Universities, i.e.: the United States Congress Faith Leaders’ Roundtable; the National Town Hall Meeting featuring the United States Attorney General; the National Day of Service featuring the United Nations Ambassador and the United States Secretary of Agriculture; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial National Commemoration on the National Mall; the Conference of Mayors; the President Obama and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presidential Inauguration and Federal Holiday National Observances; the United States Department of Commerce; the National Council of Negro Women; the Mandela African Fellows; the Mayor of the District of Columbia’s Annual State of the District Address; the Councilmember’s Community Cornerstones Awards Program; the University of the District of Columbia Opening Convocation; the University of Maryland of College Park; Howard University; the Coretta Scott King National Tribute, the National Association of Minority Contractors; the Close-Up Foundation; the Airport Minority Advisory Council; the National Faith Leaders’ Summit; the Minority Enterprise Advocate Annual Awards Galas; the American Lung Association; the 17th Annual Gospel Choice Awards; the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast; the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; the Men’s Summit & Town Hall Meeting; the District of Columbia Emancipation Day Observances; the Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala; the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) / Wall Street Conference; the ‘Welcome to DC Reception’ for the President of the United States’ Appointed Leaders; the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala and Annual Hispanic Minority Business Expos; the Black Alumni Networking Expo; the Celebration of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) National Leadership Legacy Awards Salute; the 100 Father’s Incorporated Fatherhood Summit; Atlanta Channel 57; the African American Real Estate Professionals Galas; the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Galas and Annual Meeting; the Greater Washington Urban League Gala; the Million Man March; the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee Monthly Meetings and Galas; the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated’s 100th Year Anniversary Ecumenical Worship Service; the United States Black Chambers, Inc.; the National Newspaper Publishers Association Gala; the National Association of Hotel, Owners, Operators and Developers; the Minority Business Economic Council; the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the National Bankers Association, to name a few.
Recognized for his magnanimous service in the Nation’s Capital, Rev. Dr. Holmes was awarded the Government of the District of Columbia Certificate of Appreciation by the Mayor. He was presented with the Pastoral Impact and Community Leadership Award, the Teaching in Excellence Award, the Federation of Civic Associations Grassroots Award, The Made Man Award, the Clergy of the Month Award and the National Diversity Academy Award, to name a few. Rev. Dr. Holmes was appointed by numerous Government Administrations and elected to various positions i.e.: Special Appointee to a White House Faith and Community Initiative in a joint venture with the United States Department of Labor and the newly created Government of the District of Columbia Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships; appointed by the Mayor as Chairperson of the Mayor’s Religious Transition Committee where he recruited, organized, compiled and presented to the Mayor and his Senior Administration a Mayoral Executive Summary Report of collective findings and recommendations and lastly a Mayoral Appointee to the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council. Rev. Dr. Holmes was elected by the citizens to be the President of the Southwest Neighborhood Waterfront Assembly where he was recognized for his assimilated leadership as he accepted the Mayor’s Annual Community Activism Award at the City-Wide Summit. He was also elected as Chairperson of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission where he was exclusively highlighted in the Washington City Paper. Rev. Dr. Holmes was key in the development of the $1.5 Billion Waterfront District. He was later elected as a Ward 3 At-Large Democratic Committee Delegate. He was chosen to be part of a special government and automotive executive’s delegation to go to the United States Embassy in Paris, France to meet with the United States Ambassador to Paris to foster economic partnerships and expand the automotive industry’s commerce globally through venues as the Paris International and the Washington Auto Shows.
A panoramic reflection of Rev. Dr. Holmes’ 25 + years of public service includes: Chairman of the DC Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship Committee; National Faith Based Director for a Foster Care Agency; Associate and Youth Minister in the United Methodist and Baptist Churches; Department of Human Services Faith Based Advisory Council; Housing and Urban Development Youth-build Career Developer in Construction Trades; Ward 2 School Board of Education Candidate; a Director of Education and Enrichment in the Greater Washington Urban League; a Life Skills Coach; Chaplain of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Chaplain of the Prince Hall Masons where he received the Scroll of Honor and Outstanding Service Awards respectively and served nearly 10 years as a School Teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Public Charter Schools Systems. He is a member of the Board of Trustees, Co-Host of the Heartline Radio One Program and Senior Advisor to the President of Gospel Rescue Ministries, an organization for the homeless. Moreover, Rev. Dr. Holmes established local and national partnerships as he designed and taught a widely celebrated Urban Automotive Life Skills Curriculum for Inner City Youth on behalf of the Toyota Corporation for North America regarding the Toyota Corporation’s Automotive Technology Program as the program was highlighted in Time Magazine and recognized by the President of the United States. Rev. Dr. Holmes was commissioned by the Executive Director of DC for Obama to be the Faith Coordinator and appointed by the National Faith Outreach Director of Hillary for America, to be the Faith Council Chair for Washington, DC.
Due to Rev. Dr. Holmes’ extensive knowledge of Washington, National and Local Politics and his unique participation in and understanding of the synergy of Government and the Interfaith Community, Rev. Dr. Holmes is a highly-sought after political, government, community and interfaith strategist, advisor and speaker. Rev. Dr. George E. Holmes was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. He trained at the Howard University School of Divinity in the Doctorate of Ministry (ABD) where he also earned his Master of Divinity Degree. Additionally, he holds both a Master of Arts and Bachelor Degrees in Mass Communications, which he earned from Southern University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ordained and Licensed, Rev. Dr. Holmes is a member of the nationally coveted Missionary Baptist Conference and the National Press Club Toastmasters International. Rev. Dr. Holmes who was born in Chicago, Illinois, is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi.
Rev. Dr. George E. Holmes continues to organize thousands of Americans from all walks of life, around many issues and concerns, as he gives the citizens of this great Nation access to policy, collaboration and positive change in their local neighborhoods, cities and states all throughout the United States of America.