Crystal Williams believes in the power of creativity to promote individual and community change. Crystal graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing/Theater Studies and received her MBA from Georgia State University with a focus in organizational management. Crystal believes strongly that strong families are foundational to strong communities. Policies and practice are beginning to realign and ask: how can me make families stronger so that children can thrive? Crystal decided to focus her career on helping organizations operate more efficiently so that families can thrive. This interest has allowed her to work with national and international organizations in the areas of marketing and communications, strategy and implementation, fundraising and community mobilization, and training and curriculum development. She has also volunteered as the theater director for the teen ministry of an international ministry working directly with youth and creative design.
Crystal has served as a member of Georgia Governor’s Council for child welfare reform, she is certified in Life Stories® Theatre curriculum through the Theatre Lab in Washington D.C., and she is a founding member of an advocacy group for foster youth in Georgia called Georgia EmpowerMEnt. Crystal has also particitated in several fellowships including the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative through the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellowship, and the Foster America Fellowship.
Crystal’s personal mission is to inspire people to use their gifts for good to leave their mark on this world in permanent ink.