Kristen Balagtas


Office Manager

Kristen Balagtas serves as Office Manager at LA Promise Fund headquarters and Executive Assistant to President/CEO Veronica Melvin.

Balagtas joins the nonprofit industry with a masters in Asian American Studies from UCLA and Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism from Michigan State University.  In 2011, she published a short film documentary about multiethnic Asian Americans in cyberspace, “MiXeD mE.”  Balagtas premiered at several film festivals including Visual Communications’ Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Over the next seven years, Balagtas would graduate from archival intern to short film festival programmer at Visual Communications.  She spent a fall tutoring K-12 with PowerMyLearning and this past summer, trained as a trauma-informed hotline counselor for Center for Pacific Asian Families.

Balagtas, the self-proclaimed bibliophile, devours poetry, novels and biographies from brown femme authors (#bellhooks).  When she isn’t making mezcal margaritas, she is walking her Sheltie around Dtla with her husband.