Meet The Team
Bernard Georges, Founder & Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director of New Bridges for Haitian Success,Inc. Bernard Georges immigrated to Rhode Island from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as a youth graduating from Providence’s Central High School. He then earned an Association Degree from community college of Rhode Island continued his studies and earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams. Mr. Georges then completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Roger Williams University. Mr. Georges  serves on the boards of several community organizations, namely he is Board Chair for the Refugee Dream Center and serves as a board member for Congressman Jim-Langevin’s  Diversity Advisory Commitee and Governor Gina Raimondo’s African American Community Leadership. He is also active with the Society for Public Administration and has become the vice president of student government at CCRI and was a 2013 New Leader Council Fellow for Rhode Island, as well as a participant in Leadership Rhode Island College Program. Georges gives public talks and presentations at national conferences related to his work. Georges finds inspiration for public service inspired by historical leaders such as Jean-Jacques Dessalines,Toussaint L’Ouverture, John Lock, Federick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Thurgood Marshall, and many others. During his time in Rhode Island, Mr. Georges has displayed a keen interest in the community  issues and interned at both the Rhode Island Superior Court and the Narragansett Police Department. Mr. Georges has held numerous leadership positions with public recognition for his service. Mr. Georges has experience in clinical work at Rhode Island Supreme Court and is dedicated to community work. He is most proud of his work through his own non-profit work within the Haitian community helping families navigate social services and assimilation into Rhode Island and American life.

Mr. Georges is routinely interviewed by the Providence Journal, Rhode Island Public Radio as well as major television news organizations in Providence.

Clip of Bernard Georges at the Haitian/Dominican Dialogue Conference:

Clip of Bernard Georges with the DARE Program and Refugee Dream Center:

Omar Bah, Chairman of the Board
Winner of the 2016 John F. Kiffney Public Service Award from the Providence Newspaper Guild; and recipient of ‘One of Rhode Islanders of the Year 2015’ award from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, Omar Bah is the Founder & Executive Director of the Refugee Dream Center, Inc. He is a torture survivor, former journalist and refugee from The Gambia in West Africa. Bah is also the author of the book, Africa’s Hell on Earth: The Ordeal of an African Journalist. Currently, he represents the state of Rhode Island at the Refugee Congress of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in political science from the University of Rhode Island; master’s degree in Public Administration from Roger Williams University, Master’s in Counseling Psychology in Global Mental Health, and currently a doctoral student in Leadership Psychology at William James College. Bah has completed trauma treatment certification at the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and does trauma based therapy. He has offered dozens of motivational speeches and training seminars; and workshops on refugee, trauma, and international issues at various conferences, universities and public fora. Omar is immensely thankful to the United States for giving him a chance for a second life. His has now dedicated his life to supporting refugees who have passed through the same journey as him. Omar is fascinated by the cosmos and likes watching films about space and nature, and listening to ethnic Fula single string violin known as N’geeroru.

Refugee Dream Center.

Omar is the author of the book, Africa’s Hell on Earth: The Ordeal of an African Journalist. 

Lucien Louis -Jean, Treasurer
Lucien Louis -Jean is a currently federal program coordinator. Lucien Louis -Jean is originally from Haiti. Jean holds a B.S in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from Johnson &Wales University. Jean has held an Energy Manager position at the City of Providence Rhode Island. As Energy Manager, my partner and I provide information, data, and support for municipal, residential, and commercial energy-efficiency programs throughout the City of Providence. In addition, we are responsible for overseeing the city’s municipal energy use and cost database, and making that data and related energy information readily available for the purpose of reaching the city’s energy reduction goal of 30% by 2030. In addition, we are also responsible to promote energy reduction and recycling throughout Providence, while increasing municipal employees’ environmental awareness.