D. Crystal Byndloss
Outreach, Diversity, and Inclusion
Senior Associate
K-12 Education

Byndloss holds dual roles at MDRC. She is the organization’s first director of outreach, diversity, and inclusion, working with MDRC’s leadership team; the human resources department; the Equity Collaborative; the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advocacy Council; and other organizational stakeholders. Byndloss is also a senior associate in the K-12 Education policy area, where for more than a decade she has researched and directed initiatives to promote college access and success for students with low incomes. She serves as a senior advisor to the study of the New York City P-TECH Grades 9-14 school model and CTE Advise. Prior work includes a study of the Black Teacher Collaborative; she also served as lead implementation researcher on the evaluation of the SEED School of Washington, DC, and as the project director of the College Match pilot program. Byndloss has experience building and maintaining relationships with school districts, high schools, and other partners; collaborating on program and research design; directing program start-up, operations, and close-out; and leading dissemination activities. Past employment includes roles as director of research and analysis for Symphonic Strategies, and assistant dean for research and associate director at the College of Education at Temple University. Byndloss earned a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD in sociology from Harvard University, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds an executive education certificate from the Harvard Business School. Byndloss is also a LEADERSHIP Philadelphia fellow.



Interim Implementation and Impact Findings from New York City’s P-TECH 9-14 Schools

Issue Focus

Reflections on Running the College Match Program


An Evaluation of SEED DC


A Guide for Helping Students Make Informed College Choices


Lessons for Practitioners


Lessons from the Developmental Education Initiative


Progress and Challenges During the First Year of the Achieving the Dream Developmental Education Initiative


Findings from the First Implementation Year

Other Publications

Byndloss, D. Crystal. 2010. “Struggling to Educate Its Own: The Obama College Attainment Challenge and the City of Philadelphia.” Pages 149-174 in Donald Cunnigen and Marino Bruce (eds.), Race in the Age of Obama (Research in Race and Ethnic Relations 16).

Byndloss, D. Crystal. 2004. Book review of Frances Julia Riemer’s Working at the Margins: Moving off Welfare in America. Education and Urban Society 36, 4: 505-510.

Byndloss, D. Crystal. 2001. “Revisiting Paradigms in Black Education.” Education and Urban Society 34, 1: 84-100.

Byndloss, D. Crystal. 1999. “Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville.” In Richard J. Altenbaugh (ed.), Historical Dictionary of American Education. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.