Chair, City Board
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.S., Community Economic Development, Southern New Hampshire University
Craig Scharton is Director of the City of Fresno’s Downtown and Community Revitalization Department, coordinating efforts to transform downtown Fresno into a vibrant center within the Central Valley – through restoration, economic development, and a range of business initiatives. Prior to working with the City of Fresno, Scharton led the Central Valley Business Incubator, was Senior Director of Economic Development at One by One Leadership, and owned Scharton Urban Development Strategies. He is a member of numerous local and statewide boards, associations, and organizations.
Scharton was elected to represent District One on Fresno’s City Council, the youngest member ever to serve in that capacity. At the age of 25, during his tenure on the council, Scharton initiated the Tower District Specific Plan and wrote the 50% Shade Tree Ordinance. He went on to lead downtown revitalization programs in the cities of Pleasanton and Hanford. Scharton is a past president of the California Main Street Alliance, a group that focuses on the economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being of the commercial districts of cities and neighborhoods.
In his spare time, Scharton is an avid Trivial Pursuit player, a movie buff, and loves to fly fish.