Krystal Burns

Team Leader
Facilitator-in-Training for Stand as One

Advocacy is in Krystal’s DNA. She is passionate about dismantling the inequities of our education system, increasing financial literacy, and combating domestic violence against women.

She sees Stand as providing a channel to address all three issues.

Her journey with Stand has provided a broad range of opportunities. In 2016, she spoke before a standing-room-only crowd in the rotunda of the Capitol building in Springfield about the need for funding equity; efforts like hers built public support which eventually led to the historical passage of a new school funding formula for Illinois.

Closer to home, Krystal persistently advocated that her children’s school, Harold Washington Elementary, become a Stand partner school receiving family engagement support. Putting words into action, she is now the Stand Team Leader at the school and a facilitator-in-training for Stand as One. Krystal is also an elected official – she serves on a Local School Council – and a member of a Parent Advisory Council. During the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, Krystal canvassed the South Side, speaking to voters about education issues impacting the community. She is the proud parent of three children.

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