Craig Larrabee has been serving as the Executive Vice President of JAG since 2018. He has 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit, education and workforce development sectors. Throughout his career, Craig has championed innovative student-centered approaches through public/private partnerships to achieve results-driven outcomes. A sought after thought leader in large scale initiatives aimed at systems-level change, Craig has been an appointed member of the Maine Department of Labor State Workforce Board and served on the Governor’s transition team. He is currently an active member of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Board of Visitors and the Maine Alliance for College and Career Readiness.
Craig joined JMG in 1993, the year JMG was founded, as a classroom Specialist in Washington County. After just two years, Craig was promoted to a manager position, and moved to the company’s headquarters in Augusta. He became Director of Operations in 1999, Executive Vice President in 2002, and was appointed President & CEO by the Board of Directors in 2005.
Under his leadership, JMG has successfully implemented an aggressive expansion plan growing the company from serving 1,500 students per year, to its current reach of more than 7,000 students served annually. Originally limited to high school programs, Craig led the charge to create a JMG middle school program; and, in recent years, launched the design of the JMG College Success Program. JMG is the only statewide nonprofit offering a continuum of support to students from middle school through post-secondary education and career pathways.
Craig is a Maine native, who grew up working on his grandparents’ farm, and is a graduate of Belfast High School. As a first-generation college student, he attended the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), and graduated with a degree in secondary education in 1992. Twenty years later, in 2012, he served as the Co-Chair for UMF’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and was the recipient of the University’s Alumni Achievement Award.
During his tenure, JMG has garnered several awards of recognition, including being named an Economic Champion by the Maine Development Foundation, a Giraffe Award from the Maine Children’s Alliance, and the Kenney Award for Outstanding Community Service. Most recently, JMG was named as one of Maine’s Best Places to Work based on employee acknowledgment and appreciation of JMG’s strong culture, accountability, and transparency.
Craig was the first recipient of the Weston L. Bonney Education Leadership Award awarded annually by Educate Maine.
For more than twenty consecutive years, JMG has been recognized by Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) for achieving best-in-nation student outcomes. Craig is a member of JAG’s Council of State Affiliates, and is regularly called upon to offer consulting, advising, and leadership at the national level.