Crystal Windham


Crystal Windham
Director of Design, Cadillac Interiors  

Crystal Windham became the director of Cadillac Interior Design in January 2016. Since joining General Motors in 1994, her assignments have included multiple vehicle brands including special project work abroad.

She became the first African-American female director in GM Design’s history in 2008 and spearheaded several award-winning interiors, including the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

Windham encourages students to consider higher education and careers in art and design through GM Design’s You Make a Difference program. Her awards include Urban Wheel Designer of the Year, the Emerging Leader Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Automotive News 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.

Windham holds an industrial design degree from the College for Creative Studies (CCS), an MBA from the University of Detroit-Mercy and is a member of the school’s MBA alumni board.

Women in Design Deep Dive 2020 Session Description

Design at General Motors, moderated by Sharon Gauci, IDSA

Four Industrial Designers at GM share what led them to pursue a career in Design, what they are working on at General Motors, and their career advice for other women seeking roles in Industrial Design.