Craig Cheslog was the first in his family to graduate college thanks to the hard work and dedication of his parents and teachers. He’s now an education leader and children’s advocate, paying it forward to a new generation of students.
Craig currently serves as vice president for California policy at Common Sense Kids Action, a national nonprofit that fights to make kids our nation’s top priority by building a movement dedicated to ensuring that every child can thrive in our rapidly changing world. His efforts have increased funding for teacher training, protected children from exposure to tobacco, safeguarded student and parent privacy, and held elected officials accountable to their constituents, whether they’re old enough to vote or not.
Previously, he served as principal advisor to the California Department of Education. Craig helped write the book on California’s schools and worked to boost graduation rates while revitalizing programs to introduce children to science, technology, engineering, art, music, theatre, dance, civics and math. Craig also served our community as district director for then State Senator Tom Torlakson, where he worked side-by-side with local parents, teachers and administrators.
Craig contributes much of his free time to arts education programs, serving as the chair-elect of CREATE CA, California’s statewide arts education coalition, a group including the California State PTA, California Arts Council, California Alliance for Arts Education and county superintendents that is working to ensure every student has access to a high-quality arts education. He is also a co-convener of the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership of the Bay Area’s Inspiring Creative Communities project.
He also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of Contra Costa’s Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services, and is the honorary chair and former national president of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a co-educational literary society.
Craig lives in Lafayette, CA with his wife Kari and two children, Nate, who will soon enroll into Acalanes Union High School District, and Arik, a sophomore at Acalanes High School. He and his wife both support the Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) and other local efforts to strengthen our schools.