Craig Buerstatte

Acting Director, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

U.S. Department of Commerce

Craig Buerstatte is a former Army Officer turned entrepreneur, who earned the Bronze Star Medal for his creative leadership in remote areas of Iraq, and later leveraged those skills to found a technology firm that built software platforms and products for early stage startups. Today, Craig brings those skills back to public service as the Acting Director for the Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE). Housed within the U.S. Economic Development Administration, OIE works to foster a more innovative economy through policy initiatives and grant programs that focus on turning new ideas and inventions into businesses that create jobs, competitiveness, and economic growth. ​