Crystal E. Ashby

Background and Experience

As a seasoned executive, business leader and lawyer, Crystal E. Ashby is an expert at turning challenges into opportunities, managing risk and providing a “human face” of a corporation. Her business and legal experience, combined with extensive involvement in community, membership, and business organizations, makes her a unique resource in driving business results through strong marketplace relationships, legal compliance, and ethical business practices.

Crystal currently utilizes her advocacy and skills serving as a director on the boards of The Executive Leadership Council, Genesys Works (National), and as secretary of the board of the Holocaust Museum Houston. She participates as an Alumni Work Group member for the University of Michigan Barger Leadership Institute in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Until 2015, she was a leader at BP America, holding various executive roles including: senior vice president for strategic university relationships, executive vice president for government & public affairs, managing attorney − US Retail (with a stint in Rotterdam), and senior advisor to the global compliance & ethics officer based in London. During her time at BP, she was a member of the BP America Diversity & Inclusion Council, serving as an executive sponsor to several affinity groups, and BP’s executive sponsor to the University of Michigan. Prior to joining BP, she practiced as a litigator in Chicago.

She has been honored frequently, including being named as one of the Uptown Professional magazine 2014 Top 100 Executives in America, one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women for 2012, and one of the National Diversity Council’s 2014 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas.

Crystal received her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in English and Psychology, from the University of Michigan.