Craig Connelly

Prize & Challenge Specialist, PSCR Innovation Accelerator

"National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) "

Craig Connelly joined the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division's Open Innovation team in July 2017 and serves as a Prize Competition and Challenge Specialist. In this role, he manages internal and external R&D, communications, legal, administrative, and procurement resources to design and implement prize competitions and challenges to advance PSCR's mission. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the prize competitions and challenges assigned to him within the Open Innovation portfolio. Prior to PSCR, Craig served in many different roles within the legislative and executive branches of Federal government and most recently worked in the nonprofit sector. In these various roles, he has accumulated nearly 10 years of diverse experience designing and implementing programs to advance and promote transformative innovation. Craig completed a Master of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in in Political Science & Government at Nazareth College.