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Executive Director Crystal Crawford Tapped As Weingart Foundation’s Inaugural Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships

Western Center is proud to share that the Weingart Foundation has chosen our Executive Director Crystal Crawford for a groundbreaking new senior leadership role that will aw the Foundation to increase its racial justice impact. She will serve as the Weingart Foundation’s inaugural Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Crystal took the helm of Western Center nearly four years ago, and during her tenure, she has steered the organization through a series of both external and internal achievements. These include,  more deeply centering racial justice in WCLP’s approach to our work, supporting community-led efforts to transform unjust systems, and strengthening the Center’s partnerships with BIPOC communities. Internally, she greatly increased the racial diversity of the board of directors and staff, and deepened WCLP’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

During Crystal’s tenure, Western Center’s attorneys and advocates have secured numerous legislative and legal victories while confronting some of the most complex health, housing and safety net problems and challenges in recent years. The team’s strategic litigation, administrative advocacy, and policy advocacy efforts have further cemented Western Center’s legacy and commitment to working to dismantle and transform systems that keep people in poverty.

As Crystal transitions from her role, the organization is in a strong financial position with a stellar team in place that will be led by Board Co-Chairperson and longtime board member Lois Thompson, who will serve as Interim Executive Director while the organization undertakes a nationwide search process for its new leader. Previously, Lois served as Co-Interim Executive Director of Western Center, along with David Elson, immediately preceding Crystal’s tenure. She is well-equipped to lead Western Center during this season of leadership transition as she partners with the management team to ensure that WCLP’s work continues
seamlessly.

Please join us in congratulating Crystal on this exciting new role! Her achievements and contributions to Western Center add yet another chapter to the organization’s proud legacy. We know that she will be an outstanding philanthropic senior leader who will lead with courage and boldness during this time when racial justice and diversity, equity and inclusion funding are under heightened attack.