John Belmontez, College Counseling Manager
As a member of the College Team, John is College Counseling Manager, supporting Senior Fellows in their college application process and coordinating College Mentors.
Originally from Northeast Los Angeles, CA, John became the first in his family to graduate from a four-year institution, earning his B.A. in Psychology and minor in Family Studies at California State University, Northridge. During his college years, John discovered a passion for serving his community, working for the Occidental College Upward Bound program and the Educational Opportunity program at CSU. He mentored high school students through their college application processes, and pursued a special emphasis in supporting first-generation students successfully navigate their first year of college. After graduating, John served as a 2018 Teach for America South Louisiana Corps member, teaching middle school English Language Arts in Pointe Coupee Parish. John is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Louisiana State University, Shreveport.