Craig R. Schoenfeld leverages his experience as a lobbyist, political strategist, press spokesperson, and campaign operations manager on behalf of his clients. He is a highly sought-after lobbyist and multi-state grassroots organizer with deep relationships and experience with elected officials, business organizations, and activists across the Midwest.
Prior to founding CR3 Connect in 2014, Craig worked as the chief operating officer of DomiKnow, Inc. In this role, he helped drive the digital marketing company from a start-up venture to a publicly traded corporation. Craig also partnered with former United States Attorney and United States Senate candidate Matt Whitaker at Whitaker Strategy Group in Des Moines, Iowa. The consulting group specialized in government affairs, issue management, elections, public relations, and media strategy.
For more than 20 years, Craig has been an active leader in the Iowa political scene, having worked and consulted for a variety of state and federal candidates. He served on former President George W. Bush’s 2000 Iowa caucus and general election teams, where he managed the president’s general election campaign in the state. He was executive director of former New York Governor George Pataki’s 2008 exploratory PAC in Iowa, and also directed state presidential operations for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Craig additionally served on the Iowa House of Representatives Republican caucus staff for six years. He serves today as the executive director for Iowa Growth Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization working to educate the state’s electorate on issues before the Iowa Legislature that challenge Iowa’s economy and tax infrastructure, and inhibit job growth and expansion in the state.
For 10 years, Craig was part of a team leading multi-client legislative and lobbying efforts on behalf of the law firm of Wasker, Dorr, Wimmer & Marcouiller P.C. In this role, he was responsible for directing and coordinating government affairs, public relations and political strategies for a variety of clients in the healthcare, energy, gaming, residential development, and retail sectors.
Craig has been a guest lecturer at both Grinnell University and Drake University Law School. He served on the board of directors as legal counsel of the Iowa Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and is a member of several other civic organizations.
A native of Beaver Dam, Wis., Craig earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. He received a law degree and a master’s degree in mass communication from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
CR3 Connect is one of Iowa's leading strategic advocacy and lobby firms. We specialize in designing and implementing strategies that build support, educate and mobilize key constituencies, inform the public and public officials, and ultimately achieve success. We solve complex problems, win campaigns and issues, and are insightful, creative, and innovative strategists who work effectively and efficiently.