John E. Craig, Jr., MPA


John E. Craig, Jr., M.P.A., is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Commonwealth Fund. He was responsible for the management of the foundation’s endowment and administration, served as the Fund’s treasurer and corporate secretary, and played a key role in program strategy.

Craig was chairman of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York City for 24 years and serves on the boards of the International Women’s Health Coalition and the TIFF Charitable Foundation. Earlier he was chairman of the board of The Investment Fund for Foundations and a member of the board of The Picker Institute. In retirement, he is president of the Craig Farm Historic Preservation Foundation, Chairman of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, and on the boards of WDAV (the award-winning classical music station sponsored by Davidson College) and the Davidson College Alumni Council.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Fund in 1981, he directed the John A. Hartford Foundation’s health care financing reform program, and earlier was a Foreign Service reserve officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development, including two years’ service in Vietnam during the war.

Craig has written extensively on foundation endowment investment and management issues. A graduate of Davidson College, he received his M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.