Craig Stanton

Executive Coach


I have seen many times that effectiveness is much less about what we know than about who we are being. For me, the “core work” of coaching involves partnering with the client to slow things down. I work to support whomever I am working through the process of seeing life circumstances unfold from a place of greater choice. Since we can only manage what we are aware of, awareness or seeing is the “intuitive frame” from which we establish a deeper connection with the people and the world around us.


Craig Stanton has been coaching leaders since 2010. His approach to coaching is informed by years of experience supporting individuals at all levels of personal growth, from emerging leaders to C-suite executives. He incorporates developmental theory into his work and typically includes partnering with clients to see their own situations more clearly. He supports clients in identifying behaviors that accelerate or detract from personal effectiveness. His style is a blend of unusual honesty and curiosity, warmth, deep listening, powerful questioning, and non-judgmental connection.

As a faculty member in the Georgetown University Coaching Certificate Program (and previous faculty at Rutgers and American University Coaching Certificate programs), Craig is also committed to teaching and training others to use the foundational skills of coaching.

Craig brings a unique perspective on leadership effectiveness into his coaching, informed by 21+ years of public service in the Federal government. As a Senior Executive Service member, Craig has served in mission-critical executive leadership roles supporting six different U.S. Secretaries of Education.

Education and Certifications

  • Juris Doctorate (University of Virginia School of Law)
  • Master of Art (University of Virginia)
  • Bachelor of Arts (New York University)
  • International Coach Federation Master Certified Coach (MCC)
  • International Coach Federation (Mentor Coach)

On a Personal Note

Craig lives in rural Maryland (Washington D.C. area) with his family and two Corgi dogs.

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