Craig Lustig has been a foster parent and is the proud adoptive parent, with his spouse Pete Carter, of a son. Craig is a New York native, moving to Washington, DC in 1998. Prior to moving to Washington, Craig was a marketing executive at several New York City advertising agencies.
During his time in Washington, Craig’s professional focus has been on cancer patient advocacy. Craig was the first Executive Director of the Children’s Cancer Cause and was an Advocacy Relations Manager at the National Cancer Institute. Currently, Craig is the Associate Director of the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is responsible for creating educational programs for GI cancer patients, health care providers and researchers, leading the Center’s research initiatives and building partnerships with advocacy organizations serving GI cancer patients and their families.
He has served on the boards of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials, and the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, as well as Co-chair of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and Patient Representative to the FDA’s Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee. Craig received his Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in health policy from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.