Kristen Balagtas

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Kristen Balagtas

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

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 produced 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.

Balagtas would graduate from archival intern to short film festival programmer at Visual Communications from 2011-2017. She spent a fall tutoring K-12 with PowerMyLearning and holds a certification in Trauma-Informed Counselling from the Center for Pacific Asian Families.  She also volunteered with Planned Parenthood LA & 826LA.

Balagtas, the self-proclaimed bibliophile, devours novels and biographies from POC authors. She is a beach bum and listens to vinyl records with her toddler, husband, and Shetland Sheepdog Bourdain.