In her role as Chief People and Planning Officer, Crystal oversees the strategy and implementation of Merit America’s core programs, processes, and systems dedicated to our most important asset: our people. Prior to Merit America, Crystal served as the Chief of Staff for Achievement First. At Achievement First, Crystal was responsible for the talent, culture, and operations functions for the Network Support team. She also served as the Chief of Staff for KIPP New Jersey. At KIPP New Jersey, she wore various hats over 8 years starting as a classroom teacher to leading special projects and strategy for the network. Crystal began her career in education as a middle school classroom teacher through Teach For America in the South Bronx.