The Honorable Maureen Cragin '85
Maureen Cragin is vice president of Communications for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Based in St. Louis, Cragin is responsible for leading all communications strategy and planning for the business. Prior to her current position, Cragin led communications for Boeing Defense, Space & Security's Network & Space Systems business from December 2007 to October 2009. She was previously vice president of Communications for Boeing’s Washington, D.C. Government Operations office.
Before joining Boeing in 2002, Cragin was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), beginning in 2001. While serving at the DVA, Cragin directed policies governing the department's public and internal communications programs, as well as intergovernmental and consumer affairs activities.
From 1995 to 2001, she was director of Communications for the Committee on Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the committee's principal spokesperson, developing communication strategies for advancing committee goals, such as the passage of the annual defense authorization bill.
Previously, Cragin provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of Energy and served as public affairs adviser and spokesperson for the Women's Bureau and Glass Ceiling Commission at the U.S. Department of Labor. She also served as director of volunteer administration at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston.
A 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Cragin captained the women’s swimming team and was designated an “All America” swimmer by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. She served seven years on active duty and continued serving as a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserve until her retirement at the rank of captain in 2009. For a number of years she has been active as a Trustee of the Foundation’s Athletic and Scholarship program and currently serves as a member of its Executive Committee. A member of the President’s Circle, she has participated on the Council of Annual Giving and served for four years as a member of the Distinguished Graduate Award Selection Committee.
Cragin recently completed a three-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and continues to serve on its board. She is also a member of the Reserve Officers Association, the Association of the United States Navy, the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. She is married to Charles L. Cragin, also a retired Navy captain.