Crystal Kelly

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Children's Council of Watauga County, N.C.

Crystal Kelly lives in the Appalachian mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Ms. Kelly received a master's degree in social work from Appalachian State University and a postgraduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health. Ms. Kelly has worked at every level of the nonprofit sector and has served as the executive director of the Children's Council, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the birth-to-five population for the past seven years.

Under her leadership, the Children's Council has grown in scope to serve as the resource hub for children and families in Watauga County. Ms. Kelly is a graduate faculty member in the Social Work Department at Appalachian State University and was recently selected as a Pritzker Fellow for the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers with a specific focus on intensive system building and strengthening local investments for Watauga County's prenatal-to-three population.