Krystal Cohen ’21 MPA ’25, from Jersey City, New Jersey, graduated magna cum laude from Princeton’s Sociology department with certificates in statistics and machine learning and African American studies. With a focus on education equity, Cohen was heavily involved with Community House, a student-led program that works with families to support underrepresented youth in the Princeton area. She was the project leader of the Community House afterschool program and served as one of the co-chairs of the Community House executive board.
During summer 2018, Cohen interned in the Keller Center’s eLab Summer Accelerator, supporting service-oriented student startups. In summer 2019, she began interning at Foundation Academy Charter School in Trenton, New Jersey, where she helped lead the school's community outreach and grant development efforts. As the 2020 Andrea Echikson ’80 and Tom A. Bernstein Scholar, Cohen completed a summer internship at AmeriCorps in their Office of Research and Evaluation. On campus, Cohen was an operations coordinator for Camp Kesem, president of Raqs Belly Dance Company, and the community outreach lead for the Engineers Without Borders Kenya team. In 2021, Krystal received the James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award, given to Princeton seniors who have exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit, a love of people, and a zest for life.