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Crystal Ashby

Crystal Ashby
Sr. VP of Strategic University Relationships
BP America Inc.

Crystal E. Ashby is the executive vice president for Government and Public Affairs for BP America. She leads a team of 70 government, regulatory, and public affairs experts across the United States responsible for advocating on behalf of BP and its businesses to inform public policy and enhance BP’s reputation as an important part of the communities in which we work and live. Before assuming her current role, she was the vice president for Government and Public Affairs for Refining and Marketing, and the head of change management for BP Legal. She was also the Managing Attorney for all US Retail business activities. Prior to assuming her roles as a senior leader, Ashby was on BP’s legal team managing litigation in eight states and also a commercial business attorney. Before joining the Amoco / BP legal team, Ashby was a litigation attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Chicago, Illinois.

As part of her internal leadership role, Ashby is the Executive Sponsor for the Houston Women’s Network and BPAAN, the African American Business Resource Group. She also contributes to the development of leadership with external organizations and is a Trustee for the National Urban League, a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a member of Chicago United’s CEO Council, a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership Committee, and the BP Executive Sponsor to the University of Michigan, her alma mater. Crystal obtained dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology and earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

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