Crystal Chism, Army veteran, a lifelong Texan and Dallas native, moved to DeSoto in 2016 with her husband, Quentin Chism, is a candidate for DeSoto City Council Place 6. Crystal grew up in Dallas Pleasant Grove area, later joined the military after high school, with over 11 years of military service, including two deployment tours to Iraq in support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Crystal received her Bachelors of Business Management from the University of Texas in Arlington and has spent most of her career in management, process improvement, and government. Crystal currently oversees the eCommerce experience, at an executive management level, for a Department of Defense organization.
Crystal has been an active community leader in DeSoto the last five years. She and her husband Quentin, Army veteran, resides in the Silver Creek Estates community. While serving two years on the Desoto’s Domestic Violence Advisory Commission, her last year as Vice Chair, she was instrumental in the execution of several initiatives to raise awareness for domestic violence in our community. Currently, Crystal is one of the 11 new committee members on the recently commissioned committee, CPAC, Citizens Police Advisory Committee.
In addition to volunteering on the city’s commissions, Crystal has also volunteered her time within the school district. In 2018 and 2019 school year she helped led the NeighborhoodYou program for Cockrell Hill Elementary. This partnership program between DeSoto ISD School Board and DeSoto City Council was an initiative focused on celebrating our educators quarterly and recognizing our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. She also has served on the Hall of Honor planning and selection committee the last two years. Helping DeSoto ISD celebrate and honor past alumni and educators who have continued to make a difference in the community. Crystal worked, tirelessly, on the 2019-2020 Female Leadership Symposium planning committee hosted by DeSoto ISD which was unfortunately cancelled one week prior to the event due to Covid-19. Lastly, she remained active participant on the Superintendent’s community voice meetings that were held monthly in 2019-2020. Each meeting was geared toward listening to community volunteers in a focus group setting as they helped answer the hard questions regarding hiring practices, retention and student engagement.
Crystal is humbled by the opportunity be the next DeSoto city council member representing place 6 and desires to be the new voice and new leadership DeSoto needs. She has proven her dedication to service in many facets of this beautiful community and her passion to help make DeSoto a better place to live, work and play.
A crystal clear choice!