Crystal Sykes joined the ACLU of Texas in 2019 as Director of Human Resources. She came to the ACLU with over 15 years of experience in HR. She is responsible for cultivating ACLU of Texas dynamic work culture and furthering the organization’s mission to guard and promote freedom, justice, equality and dignity of all people, particularly those still fighting to secure the full exercise of their civil rights and liberties.
Before Crystal began her work at ACLU of Texas, she served as Chief People Officer of Interfaith Ministries where she was integral to strategic leadership, culture improvement, and promotion of People First values. Crystal has always shown a passion for interpersonal communications, service and education. Crystal contributed to the fight against poverty as the Heartland Alliance’s Director of Employee Services & Development after serving four years with the company as an HR Business Partner. Additionally, Crystal served as a Senior Business Analyst, where she implemented vital HR campaigns for the Chicago Public Schools District, the United States’ third-largest school district, for nearly 10 years.
Crystal has also volunteered as an instructor developing and delivering curriculum to students participating in TRIO programs, which supports low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities with their educational plans from high school to post-baccalaureate programs.
Crystal has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Business Management. She completed a fellowship in Civic Leadership at the University of Chicago, holds a Masters’ in Public Administration, Law and Public Policy and she is a proud mom of three.