Bob Craves


Bob Craves is co-founder, board member and former CEO of the College Success Foundation, a public/private partnership committed to providing college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students.  Bob also served as chairman, president and CEO of the College Success Foundation – District of Columbia until September 2013.

The College Success Foundation has over 13 years of proven experience, inspiring underserved, low-income students to finish high school, and providing the unique integrated system of supports and scholarships they need to graduate college and succeed in life.

From 1995 to 2005, Bob was chairman of Washington State’s Communities in Schools, overseeing the development of this program in a number of school districts.

From 1997 through 2005, Bob served as chairman of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board.  He was responsible for overseeing the coordination of the budgets and policies of four-year public institutions and the distribution of financial aid to all eligible students, both public and private.

In 1998, Bob was appointed co-chair of the Washington State 2020 Commission on the Future of Post-Secondary Education. At the conclusion of the commission, Bob and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins founded the Washington Education Foundation (now the College Success Foundation), bringing together community leaders from across the State of Washington to help students who are not adequately served nor supported by existing government and scholarship programs. In 2006, he founded the College Success Foundation in Washington DC.

In 1983, Bob was one of the founding officers of the Costco Wholesale Corporation.  He served as the senior vice president of membership, marketing, and community outreach until 2000.

Bob attended and earned his baccalaureate degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

He is currently a board member of the College Success Foundation, College Success Foundation - District of Columbia, Washington State Mentors, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation and the Le May Museum.  In addition, he is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.