ERS Team

Crystal Chu

Principal Associate

Crystal generates hypotheses, analyzes data, and provides context to findings to support district leaders in making data-driven decisions to improve student experiences. Crystal is currently supporting Prince William County Public Schools with financial analyses to understand how resource use patterns at the school and district levels align with the district’s strategy & vision for student experience. 

Previously, Crystal partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools to facilitate the design and implementation of innovative staffing & scheduling pilots to redesign the teaching job. She also supported the capacity building and change management effort to evolve a compliance-oriented school support role to a strategic budget partner in service of schools and students. Crystal has also supported Memphis Shelby County Schools and a cohort of TN districts to navigate the implications of a new statewide funding formula. 

Before joining ERS, Crystal taught middle school science through Teach for America and supported districts with the implementation of online instruction and adaptive assessments at Curriculum Associates. Crystal is a former Teaching Fellow with Breakthrough Collaborative, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing educational equity and college access. Crystal earned a B.S. in Biology from Emory University and an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. 

Outside of work, Crystal loves trying new restaurants, listening to podcasts, finding a good bargain at the thrift store, and going to concerts.

Previous Experience

6th Grade Science Teacher
Neighborhood House Charter School

Account Management
Curriculum Associates


B.S. Biology
Emory University

Ed.M Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Boston University


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