Crystel Harris

Director, People

Crystel Harris is Director of the People team at NewSchools Venture Fund. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to student success that has been demonstrated throughout her career. She served as a founding middle school teacher in the Bronx, developed the first and only teacher residency program at the New York City Department of Education, and led the city’s first effort to recruit and retain male teachers of color, NYC Men Teach.

At each step in her career, Crystel has had the opportunity to innovate, influence, and build systems and structures to continuously improve educational opportunities for students. As a leader, Crystel has developed new and experienced teachers in their practice, implemented innovative teacher recruitment strategies, built and supported strong teams, and developed and maintained cross-organization partnerships. As a result, an increasing number of students in NYC have had access to strong teachers, teacher attrition has increased, new recruitment pipelines have been developed, the diversity of the teacher population has increased.

Crystel earned a BA in Public Policy and African American Studies from Princeton University and a MA in Urban Education from Mercy College through the NYC Teaching Fellows Program. She has a doctorate in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside of work, Crystel enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family. She is always excited to try out a new podcast.