Crystal Chissell

Senior Director, Drawdown Communities

As senior director of new initiative Drawdown Communities, Crystal Chissell leads efforts to produce informational programming and guides to support local, collective climate action. These efforts will focus on scaling adoption of Project Drawdown solutions in a way that values the well-being of all people and nature.

Since joining Project Drawdown in 2015, Crystal has held a wide variety of responsibilities and is a senior leader in the organization. She helped to build and support the organization’s flagship Research Fellowship program, guided the organization through its initial phases as a startup, and led operations, finance, human resources, technology, grant management, management of the organization’s brand, and served as in-house legal counsel.

In her previous role as senior director of partnerships, Crystal cultivated a number of strategic partnerships to foster engagement with Project Drawdown’s framework of climate solutions.

Crystal has a multidisciplinary background in law, environmental science, business, and nonprofit stewardship. She has close to two decades of experience advising elected and appointed state and municipal officials in a range of subject areas, including solutions to environmental problems.

Speaking frequently on behalf of Project Drawdown, Crystal serves as an expert resource for news media, interest groups, and advocacy organizations. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, an M.S. in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University.