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Ms. Craig serves as Principal for The Craig Group. In this role she leads a team of design and planning professionals to support community leaders, local government and nonprofit organizations in protecting the economic value, architectural integrity and cultural heritage of historic communities. The firm’s work ranges from resilience planning for historic communities to strategic planning for nonprofit organizations to compliance review for local, state and federal historic redevelopment projects.
Previous to starting her own firm, Ms. Craig served as Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis. Her experience in design review, commission rules & procedures, legislative drafting, ordinance and guideline development, Section 106 compliance, planning, fund development and her strong reputation in community engagement led to her recognition by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions as the 2018 recipient of the Daniel L. Becker Professional Award for Municipal Leadership.
Unique to her role as a municipal leader in historic preservation, Ms. Craig lead a team of local architects, planners, climate engineers, emergent management professionals, communications & marketing professionals in the award-winning Weather It Together initiative, a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a national model for resiliency planning.
Previous to her work in Annapolis, Ms. Craig worked as project executive with Forest City Military Communities, Washington, DC leading property development activities for the $82 million housing privatization project at the United States Air Force Academy. As well, she provided technical assistance on design, development, maintenance, Section 106 and historic tax credit activities for more than 350 historic properties within the Company’s historic property portfolio.
Ms. Craig’s background also includes contract consulting to Lord Cultural Resources Planning & Management on historic preservation, cultural tourism and corridor planning projects; serving as State Historic Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia; working for the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the head of the Southern Field Office and Director of Preservation Partnerships; and leading the Historic Preservation League of Oregon as Executive Director.
Ms. Craig has published numerous articles and presented dozens of public talks on topics ranging from planning for the impacts of climate change on historic properties, to historic military housing to conservation districts. Ms. Craig graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design and went on for Master’s work at the University of Oregon.
Nationally, she serves as Chair of the Cultural Heritage and Climate Change Committee for the US International Committee on Monuments and Sites, on the Board of Preservation Action and as a CAMP trainer for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.