2017 Keynote Speaker – Craig Swenson

Craig Swenson, Esq. was born and raised in White Plains NY, but now calls Ohio home.  He is a graduate of Boston College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Craig served as an Assistant County Prosecutor for ten (10) years in both Lake and Geauga Counties.  Throughout his tenure as a county prosecutor Craig had the privilege of getting exposed to nearly every facet of a prosecutor’s office.  Whether it was handling a high caseload of felony prosecutions, writing and arguing cases in the Eleventh District Court of Appeals or the Ohio Supreme Court, prosecuting juvenile delinquency and unruly cases, or representing numerous county agencies in a civil capacity, Craig always approached his job with passion and vigor.  Yet it was not until he was promoted to Chief of the Family Services Division that he truly found his calling.  It was then that he began working hand in hand with the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services to prosecute cases of child abuse and neglect.  It was in this position where Craig began to grasp the grave and reverberating impact that child abuse and neglect has in our communities.  It was here where Craig really learned the meaning and value behind the following quote: “Through the love of those I’ve been privileged to rescue, I’ve been rescued, too.”  Craig was a recipient of Geauga CASA’s “Community Advocate of the Year” in May of 2011.  Craig served in this capacity for nearly six years until he received his current appointment.

Craig Swenson, Esq, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services. He was appointed to this position in October 2014 by the Geauga County Commissioners.  Geauga County JFS provides Federal, State, local and community based services available to all residents in the county. The agency has four major divisions which work together to best serve the needs of families, children and seniors.

Craig lives in Concord Township with his wife and 4 children.