Prior to joining NEO, Crystal was the program associate at the John A. Hartford Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving the care of older adults. In her role, she facilitated the grant making for program staff and grantees and managed the program evaluation process. Before her time in philanthropy, Crystal worked on political campaigns at both the local and national level. During President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, she was a field organizer in Iowa, where she worked extensively with community-based organizations, small business owners and local youth groups to maximize voter participation and engagement. Crystal holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and will be completing her MPA in Public and Non-profit Management and Policy at NYU Wagner in spring 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys running, drinking lots of coffee and immersing herself in pop culture.