Krystal is a Queer Femme Nuyorican. As a youth she co-founded FIERCE, an LGBTQ youth of color community based organization, to fight against the impacts of gentrification and policing in the West Village. At 19 she left New York and lived for several years in Oahu, Hawaii and San Diego, California where she worked in the areas of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS prevention and youth development. Longing for her political home, she returned to NYC in 2008 to work at FIERCE. After transitioning out of her role as Co-Director in 2015 she continued to support the movement as a consultant. She has also had the great privilege of working at Communities United for Police Reform as the Operations Coordinator and served as the Interim Deputy Director at CAAAV Summer 2017 – Winter 2018. There she supported the organizers professional development, assessed programs, created infrastructure to make critical shifts, and supported the onboarding of the new Executive Director. As a consultant, she brings her knowledge of organizational development, leadership development, fundraising, and facilitation to support grassroots organizations to build their capacity and functionality. Her approach to consulting draws from the skills she cultivated while working for social justice organizations that are rooted in an anti-oppression and intersectional analysis. Krystal also sits on the North Star Fund’s Community Funding Committee. Outside of her commitment to social justice and work life, Krystal enjoys reading, cooking, running and perfecting her winged eyeliner!