Crystal Sewell joined The Kresge Foundation in 2008 as its first Human Resources Department director. Crystal is currently leading strategic efforts to build a vibrant organizational culture to support the foundation’s vision, which includes leadership development, organizational development, talent management, employee engagement, and supervisor and employee development. She continues work to strategically align human resources practices in support of the foundation’s talent and culture strategies, which includes compensation, benefits, performance management and foundation policies. Crystal serves as the staff liaison to the board’s compensation committee.
Prior to joining The Kresge Foundation, Crystal was the director of human resources at the Toledo Museum of Art. As a member of the museum’s leadership team, she provided guidance and support to advance the museum’s strategy, staffing and culture. She was also a chief negotiator for the museum’s labor contracts, and managed volunteer services and the internal services support unit. Crystal also served as the museum representative to a community committee for cultural diversity.
Crystal received a BA in public administration from Eastern Michigan University, an MA in administration from Central Michigan University, and certification in organizational development from Linkage Inc. in partnership with DePaul University. She is certified as a senior professional in human resources by the Society of Human Resource Management, and is certified as a human capital strategist by the Human Capital Institute.
A native of Detroit, Crystal lives in metropolitan Detroit with her husband, Eugene. Crystal enjoys jewelry making, spending time with family and friends, and is actively engaged in community service with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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