Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Hunter GeorgeHunter joined Metro Parks Tacoma as chief communications and public affairs officer in July 2015. He is responsible for internal and external messaging and communication strategy for the current visitor and customer, stakeholders, partners and community at large.

Before joining the District, Hunter served for 6 1/2 years as director of communications for Pierce County. His responsibilities included leading the county’s community outreach plans as a member of the U.S. Open Operating Committee and as well as during the formation of South Sound 911.

Hunter previously spent eight years as a news editor at The News Tribune in Tacoma, and he spent the first 11 years of his career as a reporter and editor with The Associated Press in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington State.

He grew up in Raleigh, N.C., and has a bachelor’s degree in history from N.C. State University. He is an elected member of the Fircrest City Council who loves to spend time in parks and recreation activities with his two children, who attend school in University Place.