Crystal German

Kansas City, MO

Accelerate Collaboration, Prioritize Equity  |  Community Economic Development, Consultant, Incubator / Accelerator, Technical Assistance

Crystal works with communities to develop innovative solutions to support women and people of color as assets for healthy sustainable communities.

Crystal works with communities to develop innovative solutions to support women and people of color as assets for healthy sustainable communities. Her current portfolio of work includes projects in NW Arkansas, Grand Rapids and St. Louis.

Crystal was the former Vice President of Economic Inclusion & Minority Business Accelerator at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. For seven years, she led the organization’s economic development activities to increase economic inclusion within the regional business community. Her team of management consultants worked with a portfolio of high-growth minority firms to grow in scale and scope, increasing their local economic impact. Under her leadership, the portfolio firms saw double-digit revenue growth, pushing aggregate revenue close to a billion dollars. In addition, she managed a $2 million loan pool for growing minority businesses and a local spending initiative for the Chamber that pumped more than $2.7 billion into the local economy over five years.

Her career spans finance, economic development, and inclusion positions within private and public sectors. Crystal is a graduate of Florida A&M University (B.S.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MBA).

Crystal was our Featured Fellow in February 2015. Read more about:

IMPACT

  • Under Crystal’s leadership, the Minority Business Accelerator:
    • Grew the number of portfolio companies and local corporations and nonprofit organizations known as “Goal Setters” in the region to 37 and 41, respectively, since 2002
    • Doubled the size of its portfolio companies in five years to 37 firms with an average of $32M in combined revenue
    • Launched L. Ross Love GrowthBridge Fund
    • Added Northern Kentucky University as a Minority Business Accelerator Goal Setter, which rounded out the ‘universities’ key purchasing group in the region participating in the MBA.
    • Sparked the launch of five other minority business accelerators in the U.S.
  • Goal Setters spent $1 billion with local minority firms in 2013 – a major milestone for minority accelerators across the U.S. Read more in the Minority Business Accelerator’s 2013 annual report.