Illinois Staff

Krystal Burns

Community Organizer

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.

As a Community Organizer working directly with parents and educators at neighborhood schools on Chicago's South Side, she sees Stand as providing a channel to address all three issues. Krystal remains dedicated to working with underserved communities to be a bridge to provide resources that create equity for children, families, and neighborhoods.

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 stepped up as Stand Team Leader at her children’s school, Harold Washington Elementary, 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. She is the proud parent of three children.

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