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Get to know Craig.
Overview / Biography
Now 53 years old, Craig has seen enough of the world to know that Cambridge is the place he and his wife, Hope, want to live and where they want to continue to raise their two boys, Robbie (18) and Cooper (16). The quiet, friendly neighborhoods, dynamic schools, bustling shopping areas, wonderful parks, super libraries and great people have earned Cambridge a special place in Craig's heart. After losing a close City Council race in 2003, residents have sent Craig to the Council since 2005 and he seeks the publicís trust again during the upcoming election.
Born in Wellesley, Craig went to the University of Rochester on an NROTC scholarship, where he made Dean's list, received a BA in History and won the NROTC leadership award. Craig then served in the Marine Corps for four and a half years, seeing such faraway places as the Southern California desert, the Philippines and Malaysia. It was during these travels that Craig first became interested in environmental issues, realizing that reducing abject poverty would decrease the likelihood of military conflict in developing nations. Less than four weeks after resigning his Marine Corps commission, Craig was knocking on doors for Greenpeace. These lessons have left a lasting impact on the life Craig and Hope built in Cambridge—both have been vegetarians for the past 25 years, and gone carless for the past eight.
From Greenpeace, Craig moved on to Boston College Law School, where he served as Chair of the Environmental Law Society. Craig graduated cum laude in 1993 and earned the Susan B. Desmaris award for Public Service Achievement and Leadership for his work on environmental issues at school. A lifetime learner, Craig just completed another degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in Public Administration.
Following law school, Craig became an environmental consultant, married Hope (whom he met while she was biking with a cast on her leg) and, eventually, moved from a Porter Square apartment to a small house in North Cambridge. He served as the Chair or Vice-chair of the North Cambridge Stabilization Committee from 1996-2005, was instrumental in founding the Alewife Neighbors, Inc. and played a major part in revitalizing the Sierra Club's Boston Inner City Outings program. Over the years, Craig has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to preserve the Alewife floodplain, promote environmental issues and develop affordable housing throughout Cambridge. As a private citizen, Craig testified repeatedly on neighborhood concerns before the Board of Zoning Appeals, the License Commission, the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission, the City Council and the School Committee.
As a City Councilor, Craig chaired the Council's Traffic, Parking & Transportation Committee for his first three terms and currently chairs the Council's Public Safety Subcommittee. He has chaired the Veteransí Committee and has also served on a variety of other Council committees. Craig takes great pride in his close review of the City's budget and regularly supports neighborhood residents before various City boards and agencies. Without a car for the past eight years, Craig is the leading voice for cyclists on the City Council and continues to promote both safety and prudent planning in building bike-accessible infrastructure.
Craig maintains numerous email lists focused on City-issues and also publishes articles on his blog and LinkedIn. He has written and published an environmental novel and co-authored a book on environmental compliance.
In addition to his City Council duties, Craig served for years on the Maria L. Baldwin School Advisory Council. Besides playing board games with his wife and children, Craig enjoys canoeing, entertaining, bicycling, hiking, reading and writing.
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