Councilwoman Crystal Pruitt
Young Woman Award
Crystal Pruitt was born and raised in Franklin Township, Somerset County NJ. From an early age, Ms. Pruitt has had a strong commitment to social justice, behavioral health, and criminal justice which has informed her volunteer and professional pursuits.
A graduate of North Carolina State University (BS, Criminology – 2007) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (two MA degrees – Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling), she worked prior to coming to New Jersey for organizations focused on behavioral health and disability services.
Currently serving as a Deputy Director for the newly formed Office Clean Energy Equity, for the NJ BPU, where her charge is to ensure accessibility of a clean energy future to all residents. Prior to her NJBPU appointment, Crystal was Chief of Staff for NJ State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker. Since January 2019, Ms. Pruitt has served as a Councilwoman at Large in Franklin Township (Somerset Co.).
Ms. Pruitt also serves on the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s CLEAR – Law Enforcement and the Black Community workgroup, and the Workgroup on Harassment, Sexual Assault and Misogyny in NJ Politics.