Baptist Community Ministries recently awarded over $1.6M to local partners that are working directly with those affected by COVID-19. BCM’s Board of Trustees and senior management will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with grantees and philanthropic partners as we navigate the COVID-19 crises together. In the meantime, BCM will continue to fund ALL of its existing grant commitments.
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 is proud to have served for five years as the founding board chair of Educators for Quality Alternatives, which runs The NET Charter High Schools in New Orleans. Such service deepened Kristina’s understanding of the systemic barriers our children, our families, and our community as a whole face, including juvenile and criminal justice system involvement.
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.