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

Your Street Painting Won’t Protect Black Lives

Sentimental speeches, public art, and motivational commercials do not equal systemic change. It’s time we start prioritizing policy change.

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July 24, 2020

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