Craig Obey is Deputy Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer at Families USA, where he oversees all of Families USA’s operations and chairs the Leadership Team. In this position, he manages the organization’s program areas and leads the organization’s efforts to achieve its policy goals. Mr. Obey has extensive experience in federal and state policymaking, organizational management, fundraising, and partnership development. During his 30 years working with and in the private and public sectors, he has been a change agent in organizational leadership roles and across public policy settings. His public policy expertise includes such wide-ranging areas as health reform, mental health parity, occupational health and safety, active outdoor recreation, budget and appropriations, national parks, public lands, tribal affairs, and transportation.
Prior to joining Families USA, Mr. Obey was a Senior Vice President with the National Parks Conservation Association, where he led national strategies with Congress and the executive branch; built partnerships, alliances, and coalitions; developed programs and campaigns; and provided organizational leadership as a member of the Executive Team. As a group Vice President at Powell-Tate, the top-rated public affairs firm in the nation’s capital, he helped agricultural, business, foundation, and health care clients develop and pursue ally development and other communications efforts. In addition, he has operated small, private sector technology and consulting businesses.
Mr. Obey also spent nearly a decade in key staff roles for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, and the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. He was active in mental health advocacy on Capitol Hill as Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, as a board member of a local community provider in Washington, D.C., and as an advisory committee member for a mental health center in northern Virginia. He also spent several years leading the Office of Intragovernmental Affairs for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor.
Mr. Obey received his BA from the University of Wisconsin and holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.