Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
Crystal serves as the Broadband Director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. She is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act including $45M in infrastructure grants, digital literacy grants, and the Broadband Ready Community designation program. The TBAA is designed to help address broadband gaps in Tennessee through investment, deregulation and education. She has spoken to many audiences regarding broadband access in Tennessee including The Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, USDA, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and numerous state industry associations.
She has her BSBA in Public Administration and Economics from the University of Tennessee and is pursuing her MBA from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. She volunteers with Club Blue, an organization of the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. She is originally from Morristown, TN and lives in Mt. Juliet with her husband Brant and their dog, Toby.