Craig Newmark is a self-described nerd, pioneer of the Web, speaker, philanthropist, and a strong advocate of the use of technology for the public good. He is the founder of craigslist, which he started in 1995 and is now one of the world’s most-visited websites with around 50 billion pages views per month.
Today, Craig’s focus is craigconnects, which he launched in 2011. The mission of craigconnects in the short term is to promote, expedite and enhance the use of technology and social media to the benefit of philanthropy and public service. He uses the craigconnects platform to support the efforts of those “getting stuff done” in areas such as veterans and military families, open government, public diplomacy, back-to-basics journalism and fact-checking, consumer protection, election protection and voter registration, and technology for the public good.
Craig’s long term mission for craigconnects is to ultimately extend the reach of technology worldwide, to “give a voice to the voiceless and real power to the powerless.”
Craig currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Public Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He also serves as an advisor on the use of technology to more than a dozen other non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1952, Craig has lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years. He enjoys bird-watching, squirrel-watching, and science fiction.
Craig communicates regularly through his own blog on craigconnects.org, the Huffington Post, Facebook and Twitter. He also travels the country speaking about issues, appearing on behalf of organizations he supports, and delivering his craigconnects message to audiences nationwide.