Donald Cravins, Jr. serves as the National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau. Cravins leads the development of the National Urban League’s policy, research, and advocacy agenda, while expending the organization’s impact and influence inside the Capital Beltway.
In 2004, Cravins was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. Two years later, he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate for the seat vacated by his father; he was reelected in 2007 with over 70 percent of the vote.
After running for Congress, Cravins left Louisiana to serve as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. As Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Cravins oversaw the activities of the Committee which included: advising its Chairman and the 19 senators of the Committee, developing policy and legislation affecting small businesses throughout America, and supervising its 20 employees. In January of 2013, Cravins accepted a new role and began serving as Chief of Staff for former U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana. Before coming to the National Urban League, Cravins was the Deputy National Political Director at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
In addition to his duties at the National Urban League, Cravins is an adjunct professor at George Washington University where he teaches Prosecution and Litigation in Intellectual Property. He also serves as a captain of the Washington DC Army National Guard Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps with the 352nd Judge Advocate Detachment.
Cravins is a native of Southwest Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He attended Southern University Law Center where he graduated with honors. Cravins is also a practicing attorney in areas of areas of commercial litigation, personal injury, complex litigation and military law.
Donald and his wife, Attorney Yvette Puckett Cravins, have three children Dominique Claire, Trey and Chloe Denise. Yvette serves as Chief of Staff for Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr. of Missouri. Cravins and his family currently reside in Washington, DC.