Crystal Mercado is Global Head of Human Resources at Acrivon Therapeutics, Inc. Crystal has over 15 years of leadership experience in delivering innovative people solutions, developing HR infrastructure from the ground up, and helping to build high-performance cultures that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Prior to joining Acrivon, Crystal served as Executive Director and Global Head of People & Culture at Kira Pharmaceuticals where she was a member of the senior leadership team, focused on a broad range of global strategic HR initiatives ranging from agile organizational design to employee lifecycle infrastructure for a fast-scaling company. Prior to Kira, Crystal was the Director of Human Resources at SpringWorks Therapeutics where she organized and built the human resources function during the transition of the company from small startup to a publicly-traded company. Crystal has also led the alignment of human resources strategy to business strategy during high-growth periods at Purdue Pharma as HR Business Partner and at Alexion Pharmaceuticals where she held positions as Talent Acquisition Specialist and Human Resources Associate. Crystal received her B.A. in Business Administration from Monroe College and continued her studies in Human Resources Employment Law at Pace University. She holds the Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation.