Craig Lesser

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Craig leads economic development initiatives across the city and Curiosity Lab. He is the Managing Partner for the Pendleton Group and provides governmental affairs, economic development and strategic communications counsel to governments and businesses. Previously, Craig served as Georgia’s Commissioner of Economic Development from 2004 to 2007. His prior service includes being a managing director of McKenna Long & Aldridge, and he served in key executive leadership roles at Southern Company and its subsidiaries, including vice president of government and regulatory affairs for Georgia Power Company. Craig received his BA from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and is a Graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.