HOUSTON (Jan. 20, 2017)  – To further its commitment to a “People First” culture, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) has hired Crystal Sykes as the organization’s first Chief People Officer.

Sykes, a Human Resources (HR)  professional with more than 15 years experience in workforce development, will be leading IM’s HR programs with an eye toward continuing a culture that promotes respect and service toward others, said IM’s President & CEO Martin B. Cominsky.

“For IM to meet its vision of helping to create a society that is respectful, connected and caring, we need to continue to foster a caring environment that connects and respects our employees,” Cominsky said. “Crystal has extensive experience cultivating a dynamic and committed workforce, and we are excited she is joining our team.”

Prior to joining IM, Sykes worked as Director of Employee Services & Development for Heartland Alliance, a leading anti-poverty organization, based in Chicago, providing services in housing, healthcare, employment and social justice to the most vulnerable populations in the Midwest and 12 countries abroad. While there she provided operational and strategic oversight of the organization’s employment practice and workforce development.  She also worked for many years in HR and Project Management for the Chicago Public School system. She has a Master of Arts, Public Administration from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science – Business Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“I have been impressed with IM’s work and its commitment to bettering the community,” Sykes said. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to enhance IM’s workforce so it can continue and expand these valuable services.”

Sykes can be reached at csykes@imgh.org, 713-533-4967.


A United Way agency, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. IM provides three main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than 1.5 million meals each year to seniors in Harris and Galveston Counties; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles thousands of refugees in Houston; and, Interfaith Relations, which provides community services fostering understanding, respect and engagement among Houstonians of all faiths. For more information, visit www.imgh.org.