Crystal Chissell

Vice President of Operations and Engagement

As Vice President of Operations & Engagement at Project Drawdown, Crystal Chissell draws on her deep experience and interdisciplinary background in local and state government, law, business and social equity to build effective systems and operating infrastructure at Project Drawdown. She also leads the cultivation and management of strategic partnerships and networks that foster public engagement to move the world toward climate solutions.

Crystal speaks publicly about climate solutions and serves as an expert resource for news media, interest groups and advocacy organizations.

Prior to Project Drawdown, Crystal was a practicing attorney, advising the City of Baltimore and the Maryland Environmental Service. She served as Mayor of the Town of Highland Beach, Maryland. Crystal 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.