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Donald R. Cravins, Jr. has been nationally recognized for his advocacy and policy work. With a background in government at the state and federal levels and his experience as a government affairs expert, Don will detail his experience in the field of advocacy from both the advocate and the elected official vantage point. Don will provide an overview of the current state of advocacy and an overview of the training program.

Don Cravins, Jr. is a native of Southwest Louisiana with a longstanding career in public service. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in political science, and of Southern University Law Center where he graduated with honors in 1998. Since 1998, Cravins has been a licensed attorney.

and in 2007 to the Louisiana State Senate. He has served as staff director and chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Chief of Staff for a U.S. Senator and as the National
Urban League’s senior vice president for policy and advocacy.

Don currently serves as Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at Charter Communications, Inc. Don is responsible for building partnerships and advocating with external stakeholders to further shared policy objectives. Charter is America’s second largest cable operator in the United States and third largest pay TV operator behindComcast and AT&T.

In addition to his duties at Charter, Don is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University in the College of Professional Studies. Don is also is a member of the District of Columbia Army National Guard Judge Advocate General Corps, where he serves as a Major.

Don’s honors include being named 2020 Advocate of the Year by the National Bar
Association, being inducted into the Southern University Law School Hall of Fame in 2018 and being named a Distinguished Alumnus of Louisiana State University in 2015. Don and his wife, Yvette Puckett Cravins, have three children Dominique Claire (21), Donald “Trey” (20) and Chloe Denise (9).

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