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Crystal Brown

San Francisco, California

I have spent my career focusing on both for-profit companies and non-profit organizations at the start-up and growth phase in the areas of strategy, management, operations, finance, business development and relationship building. I have an extensive network of funders, operators and sector experts in a wide range of technology and mission-driven companies or organizations.



  • Crystal has been doing a very thorough analysis of her go-to-market and strategic approach. Her passion for the area she's focused on is evident. It was great to be able to give some feedback to an exciting project -- though I think it was an affirmation of the direction she's already headed.
     Dave Chase
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015


  • Advisor

    Krystallize Technologies | February 2015 - Current

  • Co Founder

    Healthiest, Inc | January 2015 - Current

  • Advisor, Growth & Marketing

    Taproot Networks | October 2014 - Current

  • Director

    Schaffer&Combs | April 2014 - Current

    Schaffer&Combs solves problems and creates growth for mission-driven organizations that possess the vision and ambition to make genuine change. We work with nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, philanthropies, foundations, and social entrepreneurs to build and implement innovative management solutions. Recent projects have included: outsourced development; venture capital strategy; startup-up business development; strategic and tactical planning; fundraising training and execution; user acquisition; messaging, communications, and online engagement; grant-making and program management best practices; organizational design and executive recruitment; management support and executive coaching. Sample clients include: The Learning Accelerator, College Summit,,,, Krystallize Technologies, Fresh Baby Bites, and Netgym. Full client list:


  • Berkeley High

  • Lafayette College