Crystal Harmon


As President, Crystal leads key strategic imperatives and initiatives instrumental in bridging the gap between our future aspirations and our current state. She provides strong leadership across the organization and oversees the Consulting and Transformation divisions.

Prior to this role, Crystal served as Chief Consulting Officer, leading and overseeing the strategic vision for the Consulting division, ensuring our talent and academic consulting were achieving their intended impact and delivering on TNTP’s vision for social and economic mobility for students. Crystal served as the executive lead for enterprise innovation across the organization, charged with establishing and executing a comprehensive long-term innovation strategy for TNTP’s client-facing work, with a focus on new interventions and leading practices that will drive a culture of innovation within the organization.

Previously, as Executive Vice President, Crystal led TNTP’s Consulting Team and partnerships with school systems and other clients, with a focus on building a thriving team and positioning TNTP for impact. Crystal also served as Executive Vice President over our Workforce Team, including TNTP’s Talent Acquisition function, charged to ensure the organization had the skills and expertise necessary to deliver on our strategy and goals. As Vice President, Crystal led TNTP’s work with cities and school districts pursuing a portfolio strategy, and as Chief of Staff and Partner for Policy & Research, Crystal managed district- and state-level research and policy analysis initiatives. Crystal also previously served as Partner of Policy, overseeing policy reports on teacher recruitment, hiring, and performance management for Denver, Los Angeles, and Newark.

Crystal joined TNTP in 2004 as a Site Manager for the Baltimore City Teaching Residency, doubling the number of teachers in the program. She began her career teaching first grade in Baltimore City through Teach For America. She holds a BA in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University and an MA in teaching from the Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the Board of the Madison Education Foundation and was formerly on the Board of Directors for The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School in New York City. Read more about her in this Education Week profile. Most importantly, Crystal is a proud mom to three school-aged children, Noah, Zachary and Evelyn, who remind her of the importance of our work each day.

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, stands in front of her students while introducing them to the captivating world of science

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, introduces her students to the captivating world of science.

About TNTP

TNTP is the nation’s leading research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to transforming America’s public education system, so that every generation thrives.

Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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