Crystal Windham earned a bachelor’s degree from the College for Creative Studies and an MBA in 2002 from the University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration. She is the first African-American woman to have become a Director of Design at General Motors, where she has designed the interior of Cadillacs and Chevrolet passenger cars and small SUVs, including the Impala, Malibu, G6 coupe, and other models. She also spent a year on assignment at the GM Europe Design studio in Germany, where she worked on the Opel. In her spare time, she has served as a mentor for College of Business Administration students, as well as a member of the College’s Alumni Board and its Board of Advisors.
Windham’s work and community service have been widely recognized by the industry. Her awards include the 2013 Urban Wheel Designer of the Year, the Emerging Leader Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Global Automotive Summit, and inclusion among the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News.