Chief Executive Officer
Crystal Rountree joined Jumpstart as its new Chief Executive Officer in January 2024. She most recently served as the Chief Revenue and Development Officer at Teach For America (TFA) where she served on staff since 2005. As Chief Revenue and Development Officer Crystal was responsible for leading the team that grew, strengthened, and diversified TFA's philanthropic partnerships and revenue pathways to optimize and maximize contributions to TFA’s impact. Crystal served in numerous roles during her eighteen-year tenure at TFA including as a Regional Field Executive, managing and supporting a cohort of executive directors working in communities across Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Before her time as an RFE, she was the Executive Director of the Charlotte-Piedmont Triad region where she successfully led the merger of the Charlotte and North Carolina Piedmont Triad regions in 2018. In that role, she led an operation of nearly 900 corps members and alumni across both communities. Prior to her time in Charlotte, Crystal served as Senior Vice President, Advisory Support on TFA’s Regional Operations team where she was responsible for helping to build the capacity of TFA’s 50+ executive directors and regional boards through intensive coaching, personalized professional development, and interim executive-level leadership. Crystal also served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships for TFA, where she oversaw the organization’s national engagement and partnerships strategy through nine identity- and instructional based initiatives. Crystal was also the founding executive director of Teach For America—Jacksonville, where she launched and scaled efforts over nearly 8 years—growing impact from 50 corps members in 2008 to nearly 350 corps members and alumni in 2015 and raising over $20 million (including a $5M state appropriation that accelerated expansion efforts in Florida). She also worked at the Houston & Atlanta institutes as an Operations Director, on the Atlanta regional staff as the Director of Special Projects and later served as a Senior Recruitment Director for Florida and Georgia. Upon receiving her B.A. as a summa cum laude graduate from Clark Atlanta University, Crystal taught first grade as a 2003 Metro Atlanta corps member where she was the regional finalist for the Sue Lehmann Teacher’s Excellence Award. Her story with her students has been featured in two books: Teaching As Leadership by Steven Farr, and Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. Crystal is a proud Texan who now resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Chad and her 6-year old son Kingston. She has served on several non-profit boards over the years, and is a past recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence Awards.