Hi. My name is Crystal C. Yan
I'm a user experience designer and enterprise SaaS sales leader who works at the intersection of technology, policy, design and emerging markets.

I love connecting people & building things. 
As the fourth business development hire at FiscalNote, I worked with a team of six to bring our product to market, achieve product-market fit, and grow revenue, which contributed to the company raising Series A and B rounds totaling $18 million. I also led several training programs for new hires as the company more than tripled in headcount in a year. 

Previously, I worked in corporate strategy, marketing and product design roles at ACCION, Innovation Works, Standard Chartered Bank, StackMob and Infosys Limited in New York City, Beijing, Shanghai, San Francisco and Bangalore and did ethnographic field research in Delhi, Dakar, Buenos Aires and Phnom Penh.

I graduated from Amherst College with a BA in Economics, where I also studied international development policy and urban planning.

Contact: cyan14 [at]
Emerging Markets:
  • MOBILE BANKING PRODUCT MANAGEMENT at Standard Chartered Bank in Shanghai, China
  • USER EXPERIENCE RESEARCH at Innovation Works (venture capital firm for early-stage technology startups) in Beijing, China
  • HUMAN CAPITAL STRATEGY at Infosys Limited in Bangalore, India

  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT at FiscalNote (predictive analytics for government data) in Washington, DC
  • MARKETING at StackMob (mobile development startup, acquired by PayPal) in San Francisco, CA

    My work in technology focuses on business development, marketing, client services and product strategy.
  • DESIGN THINKING at the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) in Amherst, MA
  • COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN at ACCION (international microfinance nonprofit) in New York City, NY
  • GRAPHIC + USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN at Reader to Reader (international literacy nonprofit) in Amherst, MA