Hi, I'm Kristie Velasco and I am a Higher Education Administrator and Media/Entertainment industry consultant.
Kristie Velasco's Bio:
Throughout her career, Kristie Velasco has worked with individuals to fight injustice, create and improve educational opportunities, and eradicate the effects of discrimination and oppression in pursuit of social equality and equity. Over the years, however, Kristie Velasco has come to realize that it is as much the business of media and entertainment, and the images and content we see depicted through the media that impacts how we see ourselves, our potential, how we define what is right and wrong in society and our ability to succeed: true equality will only be achieved when we have positive changes in the frequency and portrayal of people of color, women, LGBTQ or other oppressed communities. Since it is evident that these changes can only happen from within these industries, and requires that individuals develop a more refined sense of media literacy, while Kristie Velasco will continue to provide consulting services in her areas of specialty, she is committed to focus her career on higher education administration, teaching, media literacy and workforce development.
Consulting Specialties: Business & Production Mgmt in Entertainment & Media Industries; Media Branding and Positioning; Music Publishing, Licensing & Clearances; Negotiation and Dealmaking; Special Event Planning and Production; Latino and MultiCultural Markets; New Media in Traditional Media Business Models; Social Media Marketing; Promotions; New Business Development/Entrepreneurship; Political Campaigns (Constituencies, New Media Outreach), NY Elections; NY/US gov't contract compliance.
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Kristie Velasco's Experience:
Program Director/Adjunct Professor, Media Management MBA Program at Metropolitan College of New York2004 - Present
Administer and implement unique ACBSP accredited 1 year MBA degree conferring program with cohort emphasis on Media industries that incorporates traditional MBA modalities with a comprehensive study of media industry topical business, entrepreneurship and management courses. Provide day-to-day program oversight of Media MBA program including faculty recruitment and supervision, student advising, budgeting, marketing, program development, and community/industry linkages and outreach. Provide classroom and online instruction in Media Management and Legal classes as well as Graduate Thesis/Practicum Seminars. o Mentor MBA students through research, planning and implementation of year-long entrepreneurial and graduate thesis projects. o Develop and design all media business course content and learning objectives consistent with Baldrige Standards of Excellence and ACBSP accreditation standards as part of Purpose Centered experiential MBA program curriculum redesign. o Develop assessment tools to measure student learning outcomes of Core Professional Business Competencies as applied to Media industries, as well as for online and Masters Thesis classes. o Develop and update all Media MBA online course content consistent with Quality Matters Standards. o Develop online Master Course Shells for all MBA Practicum classes. o Leverage industry contacts to institutionalize and produce international Annual Short Film Festival as in class live case study (across curriculum) teaching tool and marketing/recruitment vehicle for school and program. o Created and maintain online social media presence for Media MBA program; simultaneously utilized as programmatic marketing, student recruitment and class teaching tool. o Developed interdisciplinary academic exercises with MCNY Emergency and Disaster Management MP Program including inaugural Annual Social Media and Response Management Interface Event. o Established First School for Business Alumni Network and MCNY Chapter of Women's MBA International.
Program Coordinator/Instructor, Paralegal Studies Program at Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York2003 - 2009
As Coordinator, was responsible for development, administration and implementation of year long career training certificate program in paralegal studies through Adult & Community Education division of senior four-year college in the City University system. Provide classroom instruction to non-traditional urban student population. Classes include Paralegal Essentials, Constitutional Law, Business Law, Legal Research and Writing I & II, Land Use, Entertainment Law and the Business of Music.
Owner/Attorney at Velasco & Associates, PCMarch 1997 - December 2003
Maintained private law practice covering all facets of civil and criminal law with specializations in entertainment and sports law, contracts, First Amendment, civil rights, and copyright infringement litigation, construction and real estate law, corporations and business law as well as New York Election Law.
Executive Assistant to Deputy Mayor for Education and Human Services at City of New YorkMay 1994 - March 1997
Provide executive, substantive and administrative assistance to Deputy Mayor responsible for the oversight of all city social service and educational agencies. Supervise staff of 14; Responsible for Deputy Mayor's schedule & briefing materials; Supervise/provide political advance duties; Write speeches for Mayor/Deputy Mayor; Represent Deputy Mayor and Mayor at meetings and public events; Perform legal and policy analysis of Mayoral initiatives; Advise on educational substantive, administrative & budgetary issues, privatization, capital construction and facilities, school safety, and EEO/AA compliance; Serve as Mayoral liaison to Latino community; including Mayoral events and appearances, assisting in the creation of the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center and the rental of La Marqueta; Serve as Mayoral liaison to Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Office of Puerto Rico Federal Affairs and the Office of the Counsel General to the Dominican Republic.
Associate Director at ASPIRA of New YorkJanuary 1991 - July 1993
Oversaw administration of citywide Legal, Advocacy, Health Careers and HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs for Puerto Rican/Latino and other minority youth; Responsible for program development, implementation and evaluation, including maintaining contractual compliance and budgets; Wrote funding proposals; Advocated for program support with public & private funders; Supervised program staff; Provided agency-wide staff development; Served as liaison between programs, respective professions and community; Maintained internal reports; Developed, administered and implemented Legal Education and Youth Empowerment Services (LEYES) program; Provided annual legislative training to 300 youth participating in New York State Assembly Somos El Futuro Hispanic Youth Leadership Conference; Taught and trained youth in public speaking, advocacy and writing; Developed, coordinated and administered Mock Trial Competition; Taught and trained youth in trial advocacy; provided direct client services as needed.
Owner/Founder Entertainment and Media Management & Production Consulting Firm at CacicaJanuary 2004
Entertainment and Media Management and Production Consultants. We provide consulting services in the fields of media management, television production, music licensing/clearance, music publishing, and new and social media/traditional media marketing, promotions and special event organization (ticketed and sponsor supported.) Also provide consulting services to candidates in local NYC and NYS elections in areas of petitioning, ballot challenges, constituency outreach, and social media.
Kristie Velasco's Education:
CUNY School of Professional Studies at the Graduate CenterMaster of ScienceConcentration: Business Management and Leadership
Hollywood Film InstituteCertificatesConcentration: Independent Filmmaking, Film Production
New York Law School1986 – 1989Juris DoctorateConcentration: LawActivities: Patricia Harris Fellow; Who's Who Among American Law Students 1988, 1989; Finalist/Third Best Oralist-NYLS Frossell Moot Court Competition; Certificates of Merit: Urban Law Society, National Lawyers Guild, BALLSA.
Boston College1982 – 1986Bachelor of ArtsConcentration: Dual Major-Political Science and PsychologyActivities: AHANA, Fulton Society. Winner Leonard Persuasive Speaking Competition 1986; Featured speaker Fulton Society Exhibitions, recipient of twenty-six awards in various intercollegiate speaking competitions, and nationally ranked in National Intercollegiate Forensics League, 82-86.
Kristie Velasco's Interests & Activities:
ACBSP (Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs), BEA (Broadcast Education Association), The Paley Center for Media, National Women’s History Museum - Charter Member, Women’s Campaign Fund, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Prime Latino Media, Knowledge of all Microsoft Office Suite software; Blackboard and Moodle LMS; online and onsite instructional course design and development, implementation and assessment; PowerCampus; LiveStream and Blackmagic Design Television Production software and hardware.