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Craig Lindwarm

Craig Lindwarm
Craig Lindwarm
Vice President, Governmental Affairs


  • December 2, 2016
  • Craig Lindwarm participated in a roundtable discussion on: New and Traditional Ways of Advancing the Higher Education Agenda at the 23rd annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference organized by the AACC, AASCU, APLU, and CASE.

  • April 26, 2017
  • APLU’s Craig Lindwarm participated in a panel on law and policy at a recent meeting of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. Lindwarm discussed the new administration, Congress, and implications for higher education.  

  • October 27, 2017
  • APLU’s Director of Congressional & Governmental Affairs, Craig Lindwarm, was invited by the Office of the House Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer, to brief Chiefs of Staff, Legislative Directors, and Legislative Assistants on the importance of passing legislation to extend authorization for the Perkins Loan Program.

  • March 22, 2018
  • Craig Lindwarm, APLU's Assistant Vice President for Congressional & Governmental Affairs, spoke to the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students at their spring Advocacy Summit. His presentation helped prepare the students for advocating on concerns related to the PROSPER Act. 
  • May 9, 2022
  • APLU's Craig Lindwarm spoke on leveraging federal COVID-19 relief funding to support digital learning at a Every Learner Everywhere webinar

Craig Lindwarm joined APLU in 2012 where he serves as Vice President for Governmental Affairs. In this role, he works closely with the leadership of APLU’s more than 230 member universities to advance the education, research, and engagement missions of public research universities in partnership with the federal government. Craig manages a talented team of advocates in APLU’s Office of Congressional & Governmental Affairs and works particularly closely with APLU’s Council on Governmental Affairs, which consists of the federal relations officers of APLU member universities, to promote public higher education’s priorities to Congress and the Executive Branch.

The Office of Congressional & Governmental Affairs is deeply engaged in federal policy of interest to member universities including budget and appropriations priorities, higher education access, affordability, accountability, campus safety and other issues within the purview of the Higher Education Act, science, research and economic development, tax and business issues, technology and intellectual property, and immigration and international development, among other priorities.

Craig’s commentary on higher education policy has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Politico, CQ-Roll Call, Inside Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other media outlets.

Prior to joining APLU, Craig served as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Deputy Communications Director on Capitol Hill where he led policy work on education and judiciary issues and new media communications for a senior member of Congress. Craig is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law where he earned a J.D. and Binghamton University, State University of New York, where he earned a B.A. in political science and history