The Schuyler Center welcomes Crystal Charles as our new Policy Analyst focusing on child welfare. Crystal conducts policy and data analysis, participates in coalitions, and advocates on behalf of the Schuyler Center in the areas of child poverty, home visiting, and other related issues.

Prior to joining Schuyler, Crystal was a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at the University at Albany. She helped teach classes in the University’s bachelor’s and master’s Public Administration & Policy programs and conducted research on open innovation in the public sector. Immediately before coming to Albany, Crystal was a Tow Policy Advocacy Fellow at the Fortune Society where she conducted research and policy analysis on Criminal Justice Debt and justice-involved veterans, assisted with participatory budgeting efforts, and participated in Three Quarter House coalition meetings.

Crystal spent four years as a doctoral student in the University at Albany’s Public Administration & Policy PhD program. Her research focused on collaboration between nonprofit organizations and government agencies and how the internet and social media can be vehicles for social change, increased civic participation, and transparency. She has presented this research at international and national conferences. Crystal holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Justice from John Jay College.

We hope you will welcome Crystal when you see her!