Senior Vice President
Belen holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Los Angeles. Belen began her professional career in nonprofit legal services in Los Angeles County focused on advocacy and policy matters related to women’s issues and school inclusion issues for children with disabilities. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Belen worked at Public Counsel on the Childcare Law Project, providing outreach and education for child care providers. Belen is a graduate of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways leadership program. She serves on the Center for Effective Philanthropy Advisory Board, the Delta Aeromexico Latino Outreach Leadership Advisory Board, and the California State University, Los Angeles President’s Council. Belen joined Weingart Foundation in 2000 as the Foundation’s first Program Associate. In 2008, Belen moved into a management role at the Foundation as Associate Vice President, Grant Operations. In 2017, she assumed the role of Senior Vice President.