Born and raised in Manchester, Mayor Joyce Craig grew up in Ward 8 and is a graduate of Manchester public schools having attended Green Acres, Southside and Memorial High School. After she earned her degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, Joyce worked as a marketing director for 15 years where she developed strategic plans and managed multimillion dollar budgets.
Joyce began her public service in 2007, when she ran for and won a seat on the Board of School Committee. In 2009, Joyce won a seat on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and served three terms representing Ward 1.
On November 7, 2017, Joyce became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Manchester and was sworn in as the city’s 48th mayor on January 2, 2018.
Joyce and her husband, Attorney Michael Craig, have three children, William, Sarah and Kathryn. Joyce is also an avid runner who has completed 14 marathons, including 10 consecutive Boston Marathons.