Crystal Rountree currently serves as a Senior Vice President, Advisory Support on the Regional Operations team. In this role she is responsible for helping to build the capacity of Teach For America’s Executive Directors and Regional Boards across 53 regions, providing intensive coaching and personalized professional development for executive directors, stepping in to provide interim executive-level capacity when a region has an ED vacancy, and leveraging her insights across the field to generate system-level solutions. Crystal recently 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. Prior to that role, she 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 & alumni in 2015 and raising over $20M (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.
A Texas native, Crystal currently lives in Denver with her husband Chad, and her son Kingston. She serves on several community boards and is a recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence Awards.