Don Cravins serves as Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at Charter Communications and is responsible for building partnerships with external stakeholders to further shared policy objectives.
Don has been a licensed attorney and member of the Louisiana Bar Association since 1998. In 2004, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. At that time, he and his father, State Senator Don Cravins, Sr., made Louisiana history by becoming the only father and son to serve in the Louisiana Legislature at the same time. In 2006, Don was elected to the Louisiana Senate for the seat vacated by his father. During his tenure in the Senate, Don served as the Chairman of the Insurance Committee, Vice Chairman of the Retirement Committee and as an active member of the Juvenile Justice Commission of Louisiana.
In January of 2009, Don began serving as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. As Staff Director and Chief Counsel, he oversaw the activities of the Committee, developed policy and legislation affecting small businesses and also advised its Chairman and the 19 members of the Committee. In January of 2013, Don accepted a new role and began serving as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana. As such, he was responsible for the administrative responsibilities of the Senator’s office and worked closely with her to review all legislative and political initiatives.
In January of 2015, Don left Capitol Hill and became the Deputy National Political Director at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In this role, he was responsible for conducting educational briefings with candidates for federal office, organizing and speaking at political briefings, and tracking and analyzing local campaign activity. His efforts focused on educating and engaging new and current activists to facilitate pro-Israel activism in their communities.
On July 7, 2015, Don was named the National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau. His primary responsibilities include developing the League’s policy, research and advocacy agenda and expanding its impact and influence inside the Capital Beltway. He is also devoted to the League’s mission to empower communities through education and economic development.
In addition to his duties at the National Urban League, Don is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University where he has taught Independent Research and Intellectual Property in the College of Professional Studies and Judicial Politics in The Graduate School of Political Management. He also serves as a Major in the District of Columbia Army National Guard Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.