Roquel Crutcher – Next100

Roquel Crutcher

Policy Entrepreneur




Education & Early Years


Memphis, Tennessee

Roquel Crutcher is a policy entrepreneur at Next100 and an advocate and activist for social justice and educational equity. At Next100, Roquel focuses on increasing educational opportunities and postsecondary outcomes for young people in marginalized communities. Roquel’s interest in educational equity is a result of personal experience attending great schools, and the opportunity they provided her to achieve a better education and choice-filled life.

As a student, Roquel was founder and president of American University’s chapter of the NAACP and later served as the D.C. branch chair of the Young Adults Committee. Roquel has worked at several educational nonprofits, including Teach for America and the KIPP Foundation, using both platforms to advocate for educational equity. Roquel was selected for New Profit’s Millennial Impact Fellowship, NAACP’s Next Generation Fellowship, and a 2018 Aspen Ideas Fellowship. As an alumna of KIPP Memphis, Roquel was selected as an inaugural KIPP Accelerator Fellow.

Roquel graduated from American University in 2016 with a BA in communications, legal studies, economics, and government, as well as a certificate in politics, policy, and law. In her free time, Roquel enjoys dancing and discussing why Beyoncé is the best entertainer of all time.

Featured Work

Protect Black Women in Policy Decisions, not Just on Social Media

Similar to painting “Black Lives Matter” in the street without enacting reforms that protect Black lives, extending a shallow thank you to Black women on a television show or on Twitter without acknowledging the pain Black women have endured throughout 2020 and long before, and without prioritizing paying them the reparations they are due, is unacceptable. We want, need, and deserve substantive changes to oppressive institutional practices and policy that impact us.

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January 4, 2021

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