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Crystal Crawford '87

Crystal Crawford ’87 is currently program director for the California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). In this capacity, she oversees the Foundation’s grant making related to the issues of diversity in the health professions and women’s heath.

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Before joining TCWF, she was Chief Executive Officer of the California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP), the only statewide organization solely devoted to improving the health of California’s Black women and girls through policy, advocacy, education, and outreach. Under Ms. Crawford’s leadership, CABWHP hosted more than 25 town hall meetings; published more than 30 issue guides on key health issues impacting black women and girls; convened annual policy summits in Sacramento; created a Black Women’s Mental Health PSA that airs regularly on network television in Los Angeles; developed a Young Women’s Initiative; and trained more than 150 health policy advocates through the innovative Advocate Training Program.

Prior to joining CABWHP in 2000 as the organization's first Director of Public Policy, Ms. Crawford gained advocacy experience as an associate with premier corporate law firms in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. After spending several years as a litigator with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, she decided to transition to the non-profit, public interest sector. She served as Legal Director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, where she had been a volunteer attorney during her law firm years. In that capacity, each year Ms. Crawford provided legal services for hundreds of South Los Angeles children and families impacted by poverty on issues including foster care, special education, and access to healthcare.

A native of Harlem, New York, during her years at New York University School of Law, Ms. Crawford received the Moot Court Advocacy Award and Chancellor’s Service Award. She also served as a staff editor of the Journal of International Law & Politics, a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and Chairperson of the Black Law Students Association. She is admitted to the bar in California, New York, and New Jersey. In 2009, Ms. Crawford received the Advocates’ Award from the Western Center on Law & Poverty, California's leading advocacy organization fighting for statewide systemic change for low-income Californians. Ms. Crawford received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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