Crystal Rountree serves as the executive director of Teach For America - Charlotte-Piedmont Triad. In this role, Crystal is responsible for setting a regional vision that drives meaningful impact for students. She manages a staff of more than 20 individuals and promotes conditions that activate a network of more than 600 corps members and alumni across the Charlotte and Piedmont Triad regions. She also works to galvanize support around TFA’s mission and strengthen partnerships with local schools, community leaders, and businesses.
Crystal most recently served as Senior Vice President, Advisory Support on TFA’s Regional Operations team where she was responsible for helping to build the capacity of TFA’s executive directors and regional boards across all regions while providing intensive coaching and personalized professional development for executive directors. She would also step in to provide interim executive-level capacity when a region has a vacancy at the executive director level. Prior to her Advisory Support role, Crystal served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships for Teach For America, where she oversaw the organization’s national engagement and partnerships strategy through nine identity- and instructional-based initiatives. Crystal was the founding executive director of Teach For America—Jacksonville, where she launched and scaled efforts over nearly 8 years—growing impact from 50 corps members in 2008 to nearly 350 corps members and alumni in 2015 and raising over $20 million (including a $5M state appropriation that accelerated expansion efforts in Florida).
Upon receiving her B.A. as a summa cum laude graduate from Clark Atlanta University, Crystal taught first grade as a 2003 Metro Atlanta corps member where she was the regional finalist for the Sue Lehmann Teacher’s Excellence Award. Her story with her students has been featured in two books, Teaching As Leadership by Steven Farr, and Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. Crystal worked at the Houston & Atlanta institutes as an Operations Director, on the Atlanta regional staff as the Director of Special Projects and later served as a Senior Recruitment Director for Florida and Georgia.
Crystal is a Texas native. She lived in Denver prior to moving to Charlotte with her family and their puppy, Huey. She serves on several community boards and is a recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence Awards.