Craig Olson

Senior Community Development Officer
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Small Business

In his role as Senior Community Development Officer, 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 Building Resilient Communities work to help meet community needs and impacts. Currently, Craig serves as strategic lead for our Small Business team and project lead for our leadership programming, and provides support for the Sea Level Rise team.

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.

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