Cristal Brister is a California native who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She brings 10 years of non-profit and youth development experience to Ed. She has utilized her theatrical training in developing Project Open Heart, a program which works to assist youth in developing and finding their personal, unique voice through the arts. She is an alumni of Project Corporate Leadership’s 30th class and served as the Project Manager for her group. Cristal is passionate about education, social justice, and youth and community development. She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that is impacting the lives of Birmingham City School students in such an integral way.