January 21, 2018

Craig A. Kennedy, MPH – Executive Director

Craig joined ACU in 2013 and has management responsibility for all aspects of the Association and reports to the Board of Directors.  ACU’s mission is to improve the health of America’s underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations.  ACU was founded by alumni of the National Health Service Corps and ACU’s commitment to that program continues today.

Craig joined ACU after working with community health centers for 13 years, leading their policy efforts in Washington DC.  Craig has also worked on Capitol Hill and in the Oregon State Legislature.  He received his Masters in Public Health from George Washington University School of Public Health in Washington, DC, and has a Bachelor’s of Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Craig has successfully guided numerous health care efforts through Congress, including the establishment of the Health Center Trust Fund, payment protections for health centers in Medicaid/Medicare/CHIP and the new Exchanges, Stimulus funding (including CHC, NHSC, and Medicaid Health IT incentive funding), and the Health Center program’s reauthorization in both 2002 and 2008.

His work on Capitol Hill included a stint in the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over all health, tax and trade issues.  He also served as the Senior Legislative Assistant for a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and later as the Legislative Director for a member of the House Rules Committee.

Craig lives with his wife Linda and three daughters in northern Virginia.