Crystal has over ten years of experience in state legislative affairs and has strong expertise in policy advocacy and research and analysis. She was born in El Centro and grew up in Calexico, CA where she attended Imperial Valley College. In 2005, she moved to Sacramento and later she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. In 2008, Crystal started her legislative career at the California State Capitol by participating in the Assembly Fellowship Program and served as legislative staffer for various member of the California State Assembly. Prior to joining the ACLU, Crystal served as Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber’s Legislative Director for five years. Some legislative measures she had the opportunity to work on include, education equity, prevent racial and identity profiling by law enforcement, comprehensive sexual health education, clarifying voting rights for former offenders, among other important issues. Crystal has participated as a guest speaker at the Imperial Valley Migrant Program Young Latinas Leadership Program in El Centro, CA and was the program coordinator for the CAMP Scholar’s Internship Program in Sacramento that recruits and mentors the next generation of migrant leaders in California through professional development, civic engagement, and relationship building.