Senior Community Development Officer - Business
Projects

Craig provides business support and coaching to island and coastal entrepreneurs in communities that are highly dependent on natural resources. He also designs and implements projects across a portion of our Strengthening Community Economies strategic priority area to help meet community needs and impacts. Currently, Craig is responsible for overseeing projects across the Aquaculture, Small Business, and Lobster Strategy teams.

A resident of Islesboro, Craig has an extensive background in nonprofit management, municipal government, and small business. He has owned and operated the rare bookselling business, Artisan Books & Bindery, on Islesboro with his wife for the past 15 years. In addition, since moving to the island in 2001, he has been actively involved in community affairs and has served in many municipal functions with the town of Islesboro, including comprehensive plan and budget consultant, transfer station manager, and selectman. Prior to being a small business owner, he was the director of an affordable housing nonprofit and the COO of a farm and educational center. 

Craig grew up on a dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin, and obtained his M.A. in History Museum Studies and B.A. in Criminal Justice from the Cooperstown Graduate Program/SUNY-Oneonta. He currently lives with his wife and three daughters on Islesboro.

Work: (207) 594-9209 ext. 148

Email: colson@islandinstitute.org