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Meet the 2016 Fellow: Craig Montuori

Craig Montuori, Executive Director, Global EIR Coalition


Craig Montuori is the Executive Director of Global EIR (Entrepreneur-In-Residence) Coalition, which solves visa problems faced by immigrant entrepreneurs. Currently, no visa specifically exists for startup founders, who struggle to simultaneously build their companies and grapple with our broken immigration system. Through Global EIR, Craig facilitates partnerships between universities and startup founders to provide mentors to college students considering entrepreneurship as a career path and generate work visas for the entrepreneurs to get back to the hard work of building great companies. He is personally passionate about using Global EIR Coalition to open up more technology careers for women and minorities underrepresented in the tech industry through growing their networks and providing them with the mentors they need to prepare themselves to succeed. He is also a partner with Venture Politics, which implements targeted solutions to policy problems affecting portfolio companies for leading VCs and startup accelerators. He previously founded and led PolitiHacks, a non-profit advocacy group for startup visa and other causes that contribute towards a stronger, more vibrant startup community. He also put PolitiHacks on hold for the 2012 election to help reelect President Obama through working as a Summer Organizing Fellow and FO in Virginia and considers himself a proud progressive. Through his work with the startup community, Craig has long been a champion of immigration reform legislation, and he has long sought to build an advocacy bridge between the startup community—separate and distinct from the community of big tech companies—and the policy world. He is also passionate about digital privacy and civil liberties, and he served in a community organizing capacity in mobilizing the San Francisco Bay Area startup community to oppose the SOPA/PIPA bills in 2012, as well as the CISA/CISPA bills. He also has consulted in support of efforts to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 and bring it up to date with modern technological developments. He sees himself with one foot in both the worlds of technology and policy and hopes to use that split identity to help both connect and enact changes to benefit the world. With degrees in aerospace engineering from Caltech and public affairs from the University of San Francisco, he offers a technical take on politics using the language of the startup community on hacking through the red tape of Washington DC and state and local governments.


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