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Rocky Board Member to be honored by LA African American Women's Political Action Committee

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Rockefeller Center board member Crystal Crawford '87 will be one of the 2012 honorees of the Los Angeles African American Women's Political Action Committee. 

Courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations.

On behalf of the Rockefeller Center, congratulations Crystal!
Crystal Crawford received her A.B. from Dartmouth College (1987) and J.D. from New York University School of Law (1992). Currently, she is Chief Executive Officer of the California Black Women's Health Project (CABWHP), the only statewide organization solely devoted to improving the health of California’s Black women and girls through policy, advocacy, education and outreach.Prior to joining CABWHP in 2000 as the organization’s first Director of Public Policy, Ms. Crawford gained advocacy experience as an associate with premier corporate law firms in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. After spending several years as a litigator with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, she decided to transition to the non-profit, public interest sector. She served as Legal Director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, where she had been a volunteer attorney during her law firm years. In that capacity, each year Ms. Crawford provided legal services for hundreds of South Los Angeles children and families impacted by poverty on issues including foster care, special education, and access to healthcare.Under Ms. Crawford’s leadership over the past eleven years, CABWHP: (1) hosted 23 town hall meetings; (2) published nearly 30 Issue Guides on key health issues impacting Black women and girls; (3) convened 11 annual Policy Summits in Sacramento; (4) created a Black Women’s Mental Health PSA which airs regularly on network television in Los Angeles; (5) developed a Young Women’s Initiative; and (6) trained more than 150 health policy advocates through the innovative Advocate Training Program.A native of Harlem, New York, during her years at New York University School of Law Ms. Crawford received the Moot Court Advocacy Award and Chancellor’s Service Award. She also served as a staff editor of theJournal of International Law & Politics, a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and Chairperson of the Black Law Students Association. She is admitted to the bar in California, New York, and New Jersey. In 2009, Ms. Crawford received the Advocates’ Award from the Western Center on Law & Poverty, California’s leading advocacy organization fighting for statewide systemic change for low-income Californians.
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