Diversity board member shares her thoughts about community

By Mattie Coll

Crystal SuberMeet Crystal Suber, a native of Petersburg and a graduate of Virginia State University. At VSU, Crystal studied economics then went on to get a Master’s Degree in Finance from Grand Canyon University. Crystal is the President/Owner of Crystal Clear Financial Solutions, an insurance and financial services firm here in Richmond. For more than 10 years, Crystal has helped families across Virginia protect their loved ones with life insurance and also build wealth.

Her financial background prepared her for the role of treasurer with several non-profits, including Diversity Richmond. Crystal Suber now serves as Vice-Chair of Diversity Richmond’s Board of Directors. Her commitment to community and passion for helping others led her to become involved with the organization, first as a volunteer and later serving as secretary and treasurer, before assuming her current role as vice chair.

“It is an honor to work with such a wonderful organization that does so much for Richmond’s LGBTQ+ community,” shared Crystal. She believes in equality, justice, and inclusion and dedicates much of her time in service of others. In 2005, she became a member of Alpha Psi Kappa, Inc., a nonprofit organization for dominant lesbians whose motto is “The women in service with unity.” In addition to her work with Diversity Richmond, Crystal volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Susan G Komen, Hands On, and the Baby Buns for Life Network, a non-profit she co-founded that benefits families of preemie babies.

Crystal is proud of the work done to expand diversity in Richmond. In her own words, Diversity Richmond “has done a good job of making sure diversity and inclusion are a part of the fabric of this city. People come to Diversity Richmond and they feel a strong sense of community, of love.”

When asked what she likes best about Diversity she told me she likes, “That people feel welcomed and accepted. We (Diversity Richmond) are the people that work to connect the community. People come through our doors, sometimes new to the area, sometimes in trouble and in need of a safe space, and we use our resources and connections to help them….Visitors rave about our community in Richmond. Diversity Richmond plays a big role in the diverse Richmond that we enjoy today. The network, the connections -- this is what I love about Diversity Richmond.”

Thank you Crystal for all the good work you do at Diversity for the LGBTQ community and for the larger Richmond community. Your enthusiasm and achievements have been a catalyst in bringing about great change.