Craig Newmark Joins Swords to Plowshares’ Advisory Board

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Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, has joined the advisory board at Swords to Plowshares, bringing expertise in technology, community service, and veteran issues.

Craig Newmark

If someone’s willing to risk taking a bullet for me, I should help out a little, and I realize that their families also serve.

Internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, best known as the founder of Craigslist, has joined the Advisory Board of Swords to Plowshares, a leading veteran service organization in the Bay Area.

An active veteran proponent, Newmark previously has been involved with the San Francisco Veterans Success Center and the Veterans Educational Transitional Services Lounge at City College of San Francisco. He also provides financial support for various fundraising initiatives geared toward veterans.

“If someone’s willing to risk taking a bullet for me, I should help out a little, and I realize that their families also serve,” Newmark said.

Swords to Plowshares Executive Director Michael Blecker said that Newmark brings expertise in technology, community service, and veteran issues.

“We’re excited to have Craig with us. He’s already been an ardent supporter of our organization over the years, and now he now joins us in an official capacity with the shared goal of ensuring that veterans are set up for success after their military service,” Blecker said. “His guidance will improve our ability to utilize supportive technologies and help veterans work toward better outcomes—a critical need for any nonprofit.”

Other Swords to Plowshares’ Advisory Board members include: Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; John Keker, Founding Partner of Keker & Van Nest, LLP; Major General J. Michael Myatt, CEO of Marines’ Memorial Club; Jon Paulson, owner of Boston Capital Resources, Inc; Steve Fields, Executive Director of the Progress Foundation; and William Drypolcher, President of Zephyr Real Estate.

About Swords to Plowshares
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing and legal assistance to homeless and low-income veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at http://www.stp-sf.org.

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