Kristen Balagtas (she/her)


Office Manager

Kristen Balagtas is the 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.  She has served as a K-12 tutor with PowerMyLearning at the Eagle Rock Public Library, volunteered with 826LA in SilverLake, and received her certificate in trauma-informed counseling through the Center for Pacific Asian Families.

A Michigan transplant, Balagtas started her LA career at Visual Communications where she worked as an archival intern and eventually curated the short films program at the annual Visual Communications’ Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  She has produced and directed her own short film documentary called, “MiXeD mE,”  highlighting multiethnic Asian Americans in cyberspace.

Balagtas, the self-proclaimed bibliophile, devours novels and biographies from POC authors.  She loves beach days and listening to records with her toddler, Sheltie, and husband.