Crystallee has more than 15 years of professional experience that includes working as a lecturer at community colleges and universities, as well as running political campaigns. She has worked for national and regional organizations on LGBTQ, criminal justice, juvenile justice initiatives. Most recently she was the consulting coordinator for the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. She has helped dozens of leaders start their own nonprofits and has served on boards for organizations like the One Life Institute and COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere). She has a passion for justice and equal access to rights, recognition, and equal protection for all people. Prior to moving to Portland, she served as a Commissioner for Juvenile Justice in Alameda County. She is a current member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.
Crystallee earned a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. She then earned a Masters of Arts in Social Sciences from Eastern Michigan University. In 2009 she moved to the Bay Area in Northern California where she completed her Doctorate in Philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Crystallee is a published author and an avid reader.