Crystallee Crain, Ph.D. has a well-established career in justice-seeking service with a passion for equity and access for low-income communities and communities of color. Crystallee's professional experience includes leadership development and capacity building for organizations that work to bring access to marginalized groups. Crystallee earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Sciences (concentration in Sociology) from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelors in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. In 2013 she received Advanced Post-doctoral training in Health and Human Rights in the School of Public Health at Harvard University.
In January 2011 she received the Inaugural Norman Lear Leadership Award from People for the American Way Foundation (presented by Young People For). Her organizing work was highlighted in TIME magazine Person of the Year in 2011 in The PROTESTOR issue in December. She was published in Women in Today's World, a multimedia encyclopedia on Women's issues in the 21st Century. Recently she published an op-ed in the Portland Tribune titled: Workplace has a vital part in #MeToo Movement. Crystallee has a history of LGBTQ organizing and policy advocacy on issues of child welfare and protecting children from abuse. She has served on the Board of Directors of COLAGE (Children of Lesbian’s and Gays Everywhere), OneLife Institute, and the American Red Cross. Nationally she has been engaged with groups like the National Black Justice Coalition that works to eradicate homophobia and racism.
Prior to moving to Portland, Crystallee served as a member of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission. She currently serves on the Multnomah County Community Budget Advisory Council for Human Services. Dr Crain is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Child, Youth & Family Studies program in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. Dr Crain has recently been appointed to the Human Rights Commission for the City of Portland, Oregon.