George grew up in a Victorian home in San Francisco; surrounded by its distinctive architecture, his appreciation of history started there. At an early age, both George and his sister befriended any feral cat that showed up at their back door. His grandfather’s favorite cat Harriett, a black and white tuxedo, would often accompany them while George learned to play chess and was introduced to stamp collecting.
He attended SFSU and earned a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Economics. He taught Political Science at Skyline and Chabot Community Colleges in the Bay Area. He later shifted his focus and worked at Logitech in the computer industry. When George moved to Rocklin in 1993, he continued in this field at NEC and other computer companies. He obtained his MCSE certification in 2002.
From 2002 to 2009 George worked with his best friend managing three stores. This ended in 2013 with his friend’s passing. George turned to property management with his wife, Angie. When their last cat passed in early 2014, George remembered an organization called Fieldhaven. Upon entering the shelter for the first time, both were struck by the surroundings, the facility, the staff and volunteers, and the mutual altruism that hovers over FieldHaven.
After adopting a tuxedo they named Zorro, Angie and George attended their first Classics, Cats & Cabernet fundraising event in 2014. Angie began volunteering in 2014 and is now an active Board Member. When looking for part-time work in 2015 an opportunity appeared at FieldHaven. George found himself offered the position as assistant manager at the soon-to-be opened Marketplace. In July of 2016, he accepted the position of Operations Manager. He continues in this role.
- George Barreto