Kristina Kent is the Public Safety Grants Program Director at Baptist Community Ministries, wherein she designs, manages, and monitors strategic grantmaking initiatives aimed at improving public safety outcomes.
Prior to her work with BCM, Kristina served as the Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives for NOLA Public Schools. In her role, Kristina focused on reducing students’ interaction with the juvenile justice system while supporting students with current justice system involvement. Kristina worked closely with the Travis Hill Schools, which educate students held in the detention facilities in New Orleans, and sought to ensure school community support and understanding of alternatives to arrest and detention. Additionally, Kristina led the district’s efforts to support immigrant students and families and English-language learners and served for a time as the Interim Executive Director of the district’s Office of Student Support and Attendance.
Kristina has extensive experience working with and for nonprofits across many sectors of community, including as a board member of Langston Hughes Academy, as the first board chair of The Net Charter High School, as juvenile justice subcommittee chair and member of the New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board, and currently serves as co-chair of the Criminal Justice Action Table of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network.
Kristina began her career with the firm of Connick and Connick, LLC and thereafter served as a staff attorney in the Judicial Administrator’s Office of the Louisiana Supreme Court, working with judges statewide on a number of issues, including judicial ethics.
Kristina received a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Winthrop University.