Crystal Martinez joined UC FGR in August 2017. Prior to joining UC, Crystal served in the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) as legislative assistant for a range of issues, including education, housing, child nutrition, arts and humanities, disabilities and social safety net programs. Before joining Sen. Feinstein’s office, Crystal worked at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of English Language Acquisition, the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs and the Office of the Secretary. In addition, Crystal has served on the staffs of Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and then-Sen. Barack Obama (IL), as well as for Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX). Crystal began her career as a social studies teacher in Texas. Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and computer applications, and her Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame.