Craig has built a successful career on the front lines of municipal management.
As first selectman, he will bring that expertise home to new canaan.
Craig Donovan’s campaign for First Selectman combines a lifelong passion for education and public service, a calling that, up to this point, has fueled his 30-year career as a professor of public management. As head of Kean University’s Department of Public Administration Craig has put academic theory into practice, training government leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. Craig’s career in education has deeply personal roots: despite having to leave high school in order to support his family by working full-time, he went on to earn undergraduate degrees from the University of California, as well as dual doctorates in Business and Public Affairs from the University of Washington.
Through various nonprofits, Craig has leveraged his expertise at the intersection of education and community service. A founding board member of Future City Inc., he has helped educate and inform numerous communities about sustainable development. Craig understands that when it comes to nurturing the success of small towns, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. During his term as President of the International Honor Society of the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and as a Lifetime Member of the American Society for Public Administration, he has had studied the ways in which nearly 30,000 municipal governments have tailored best practices to their own local realities.
Craig’s deepest commitment, however, is to his family. He and his wife Liz Gores Donovan — daughter of Harvard Five architect Landis Gores — have raised six children, three of whom are adopted. They have four grandchildren: the youngest, Daphne Ruby, was born this 4th of July! Craig and Liz now care for her mother Pam, whose own family has been in New Canaan for nearly nine decades. The three of them live in the iconic mid-century modern home designed by Landis Gores for Pam and their children, the house where Liz herself grew up. With their children raising families of their own, Craig and Liz have channeled their parenting instincts into fostering rescue dogs and cats.