Crystal Williams for the County
Crystal Williams and her family reside in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. She has a long history of working in the non-profit sector as an advocate giving voice to the needs of families and children. Crystal does so through public policy, public relations and non-profit management. It is this experience, nearly 20 years worth, that makes her uniquely qualified to tackle the issues needing attention in Jackson County.
Crystal currently works as a consultant through Policy Matters, a sole proprietorship in which she works to pursue public policies to improve the lives of families throughout Jackson County and the region. She works on the federal, state and local level to advocate for low- and middle-income families to have access to health care, early education and safe environments. Crystal has also worked to make sure that barriers are not put in place to keep eligible voters from being able to cast their ballots.
She has served as executive director of a statewide health advocacy organization, as vice president of a regional child advocacy organization, Partnership for Children, and recently as vice president of the management team for Swope Health Services and Swope Community Enterprises, a large community non-profit. She has also been the public relations manager for the second largest physicians’ organization in the United States. Her successes in public policy and public relations include helping to secure significant funding for women’s health services, increasing funding for foster care families, increasing funding for children’s health programs and working on legislation concerning the child welfare system and the work of certified nurse practitioners.
Crystal and her husband, Richard Speidel, are strong supporters of public schools and vital neighborhoods. Their son, Will, attends Foreign Language Academy in the Kansas City, Missouri, school district. Crystal and Richard are active school volunteers, serving as room parents and in the Booster Club. They believe in being engaged in their community and they also actively support the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, Kansas City Zoo, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and other local organizations.
As a graduate of Columbia College with a B.A. degree in History and Government, Crystal has been active in the political process all of her adult life. She is an engaged member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Missouri Affairs Committee, and the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus, having served on the Board of Directors and as the GKCWPC PAC Board Chair, as well as being honored as the recipient of the GKCWPC’s Pillar Award. She is also a member of Committee for County Progress and the Jackson County Democrats.