Crystal Hudson

New Leaders Council New York City '15 Alumna
Co-Director of the Community Outreach Unit, New York City Council

Respond, Rebuild, Rebound: Communities in a COVID Era

Crystal Hudson has over a decade of experience in operations, strategic planning, community engagement, and marketing and advertising working in both government and the private sector. She has recently returned to the New York City Council as Co-Director of the Community Outreach Unit, and previously served as First Deputy Public Advocate of Community Engagement under NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Prior to that, Crystal served as Chief of Operations to the Majority Leader of the New York City Council.

She started her career in sports working for the Washington Mystics (WNBA) and Washington Wizards (NBA) where she served in various capacities, including as Director of Game Operations. Crystal then went on to Amtrak, where she managed a portfolio of sports, entertainment and multicultural marketing campaigns for the nation’s passenger rail service. In this capacity, Crystal led an effort to further diversify Amtrak’s advertising where she fought for the inclusion of marginalized communities in national advertising campaigns.

Crystal was a 2015 NLC Fellow in New York City and previously served on the Executive Board of the NYC Chapter where she served as co-chair of the Selections Committee. She is passionate about advancing the leadership of women, people of color and LGBQ/TGNC individuals. As a primary caregiver for her mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, Crystal is a fierce advocate for families impacted by the disease as well as for seniors. She lives with her partner and her mother in Brooklyn, New York, where her family has been for three generations. Crystal is a proud graduate of Spelman College and holds a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University.

Crystal is currently a candidate for New York City Council in the 35th district, which includes the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bed-Stuy.

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