George A. Hatcher III is the senior director of strategic initiatives and partnerships at the Atlantic Council.

Before joining the Atlantic Council, Hatcher served as executive director of industry and foundations relations at the University of Colorado Boulder. During his tenure, he increased annual revenue to over fifty million dollars, while also serving as the director of aerospace ventures—the lead for aerospace and defense external engagements. Among Hatcher’s achievements while in the role, he secured the critical funding to establish the Center for National Security Initiatives, driving the university’s research engagement and partnerships with the US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

Previously, Hatcher served as director of strategic initiatives and research development at the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies where he expanded global partnerships, led an organization-wide strategic plan and its implementation, and executed global programming, all while managing a broad portfolio of grant and contract research funding.

Hatcher spent a decade working in Washington, DC, for international consulting firms, including IBM and ICF, where he advanced the missions of the US federal government including the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, and Department of Defense.

Hatcher began his career working in politics as deputy director of boards and commissions for the governor of South Carolina and for lobbying groups in Washington, DC.

Hatcher is a past fellow at the Denver Council on Foreign Relations and board member of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College in political science and history, holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute, and a Public Sector Leadership certificate from Cornell University.