About Craig

Craig Rice was first elected to the Montgomery County Council in November 2010, at the time becoming the youngest African American ever to serve on the nine-member Council and the second African American man to serve in that role. In December 2013, his colleagues elected Craig to serve as president of the Council. In 2014 and again in 2018, he was re-elected to a four-year term on the Council.

Councilmember Rice addressing public at the STOP or Get Busted event

Craig’s commitment to public service includes serving as a member of the House of Delegates in the Maryland General Assembly from 2006 until 2010, where he was on the legislative body’s prestigious and influential Ways and Means Committee.

As the District 2 representative on the County Council, he represents the Up-County, Montgomery County’s  most geographically diverse district and fastest growing region. The Upcounty is home to  rural communities, including Damascus, Boyds, Barnesville, Dickerson and Hyattstown as well as burgeoning areas such as Germantown and Clarksburg.  District 2 also includes the areas of Montgomery Village, Darnestown, and parts of North Potomac.

With a deep commitment to education, Craig has chaired the Council’s Education and Culture Committee since 2013. He also serves on its Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, Councilmember Rice serves as the Council’s representative to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) in Annapolis and chairs MACo’s Education sub-committee. Craig served on the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission), leading the Early Care and Education workgroup. This commission met for three years to research and develop a Blueprint for Maryland’s Future for public education.

Councilmember Rice is the past chair and current member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee and is the co-chair of their Food and Agriculture Regional Member (FARM) Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee. Appointed to serve on the National Association of Counties (NACO) Board of Directors in 2019, in July 2020 he was selected to serve as Vice Chair of the Human Services and Education Steering Committee. He continues his contributions to national collaboration with his appointment in October 2020 as co-chair of the National Broadband Task Force to Bridge the Digital Divide, comprised of nearly three dozen county government officials from across America.

A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Craig attended Montgomery County Public Schools, graduating from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. He went on to the University of Illinois, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Later he transferred to the University of Maryland, where he graduated with a major in Computer Science. In 2019, Craig was inducted into the Blair High School Hall of Fame. 

Craig’s interest in seeing the County improve its economic development strategies stems from his background of having worked with Fortune 500 companies including Marriott International and Aramark Corporation. He also served as a business development manager for the government of Puerto Rico.

Spotlighted Accomplishments

Since 2015, Craig has organized a series of Education Forums throughout the County, along with leaders from Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College, to discuss public education issues as well as the County’s budget process as it relates to education funding. 

Craig has served as a lead sponsor for over 50 pieces of enacted legislation.

Positions

  • Chair of Montgomery County Council’s Education and Culture Committee (December 2013 – present)
  • Member of Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee (December 2010 – present)
  • Montgomery County Council President (December 2013 – December 2014)
  • Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) representative for Montgomery County (2014 – present)
    • Chair of the Education Sub-Committee for MACo (2014 – present)
    • President of the Diversity Caucus for MACo (2017 - present)
  • Member of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (2016 – present)
    • Chair of the Early Care and Education Sub Committee for the Commission
  • Appointed as Maryland's representative to serve on the National Association of Counties’ Board of Directors, the body that guides the overall direction and efforts of our nationwide association (2019 - present)
    • Vice Chair of the Human Services and Education Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACo) (2020 – present)
    • Co-Chair of the National Broadband Task Force to Bridge the Digital Divide (2020 – present)
  • Representative to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) (2014 – present)
    • Chair of Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee (2015-2017)
    • Co-Chair of Food and Agriculture Regional Member (FARM) Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee (2019-present

Awards

  • 2020 CaringMatters Leadership Award
  • 2019 The Montgomery County Board of Education's  Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education Community Individual 
  • 2018 Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation Cornerstone Award for Education and Leadership
  • 2017 The League of United Latin American Citizens Community Advocate Award
  • 2017 For Courage and Persistence - The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program Community Service Award
  • 2016 Hospice Caring Inc. Gratitude Award
  • 2016 Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Inc (CSAAC) Award for Supporting CSAAC individuals, their families, and their direct care staff
  • 2015 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Montgomery County Region Award for Support and Commitment to Our Kids  
  • 2015 Mrs. Maryland America Pageant Judge Award
  • 2014 The Montgomery Blair High School Magnet Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2014 Congressional Recognition Award on Receiving the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
  • 2014 Home Sweet Home Celebrating Partnerships Distinguished Service Award
  • 2014 Certificate of Appreciation Awarded by the Young & Powerful Group
  • 2013 Young Elected Officials Network Award for Education Policy
  • 2011 Certificate of Appreciation 0n Behalf of the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind citizens of Maryland