Crystal Middleton

Planning Division
Title: Director of Planning and Zoning
Phone: 716-851-5225

CrystalCrystal Middleton serves as the Director of Planning and Zoning in the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning. Born and raised on the East side of Buffalo, she has always had a burning passion for the advancement of underserved populations. Crystal is a proud graduate of Virginia State University, a historically black university (HBCU), where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and SUNY University at Buffalo, where she earned her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning. After serving as a General Planner for the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency and subsequently as a Senior Planner for the City of Buffalo, she continues planning in a leadership role that is equity-focused and founded on collaboration. Crystal is also a mother to a loving six-year-old boy and a lifelong advocate for the growth and revitalization of Buffalo.

Fun fact about Crystal: Crystal was the lead in numerous school plays and performances as a child. Her favorite role was the 'Headless Haunt', based on the written book Headless Haunt and Other African-American Ghost Stories by James Haskins, an African-American author.


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