Background: Crystal Combs is a Senior Consultant with Bellwether Education Partners in the Talent Services practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2015 she worked at Stand for Children, a national education advocacy organization. In her more than five years there she held a variety of roles, including organizing, training, recruiting, and ultimately leading executive search and sourcing work as the National Sourcing Manager. She helped place Executive Directors, National VPs, and other mission-critical roles all over the country. Before joining Stand for Children, Crystal started her career in education in Boston, first as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a citywide literacy initiative and then as a Center Director at SCORE! Educational Centers in Newton, MA. Crystal holds an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and a B.A. in Spanish Language Literature from UC Santa Cruz.
Why I do this work: My first job out of college, an AmeriCorps VISTA in Boston, was eye-opening, inspiring, and also heart wrenching. I had my first real-time glimpse into the ways that zip code continues to define the destiny of bright, enthusiastic children whose options are woefully limited. I fell in love with the children, the work, the commitment to improving early literacy, and education as a field. In short, I was hooked. Since that time, I've steadfastly dedicated my career to mission-driven organizations that believe, as I do, that education is the most important issue of our time.