Crystal Jones proposes grant applications for the Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship and coordinates initiatives that develop entrepreneurship and advance economic development throughout the region. Her duties include collaboration with local, regional, state, and federal stakeholders to promote the small business and entrepreneurship policy framework designed to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in local communities.
Crystal has held prior economic development positions, most recently at Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission in Poplar Bluff, MO. In that position, she proposed federal and state grant applications for local jurisdictions and non-profits in Southeast Missouri focused upon infrastructure development, disaster relief, and job creation. In addition to grant preparation, she also managed awarded grants and was responsible for philanthropic fund development for the local regional community foundation.
Crystal received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2006 from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration in 2010 from William Woods University. Crystal is also a 2012 graduate of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute and completed Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program in 2014.