REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2006--The ABS CBN Foundation, Inc. (USA), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and improving the lives of abused and disadvantaged children and their families in the Philippines, today announced the appointment of Mitos Santisteban as the Foundation's new president and CEO.Santisteban
brings more than 25 years of philanthropy and community outreach expertise to this new position.Santisteban
, currently a board member, has been involved with the Foundation since 1998.As president and CEO, her
primary responsibilities will include oversight of fundraising programs, management of day-to-day operations, and principal liaison to the community.She will concurrently retain the title of Manager, Community Relations for ABS CBN International."I am honored to be a part of this wonderful team of dedicated philanthropists and look forward to leading ABS CBN Foundation programs that help those in need," said Santisteban.
"Since I arrived in the Bay Area, I have worked to bring the Filipino-American community together in hopes that, together, we could also help our families and friends back in the Philippines.This role will allow me to continue those efforts and hopefully, allow the Foundation to expand its reach."
arrival in the United States as a political exile from her
native Philippines in 1979, Santisteban
has played a strong role in the Filipino-American community.Santisteban was chairperson of the Northern California Movement for a Free Philippines, supporter of Filipino Catholic Affairs, as well as a member of the San Mateo County Commission on Mental Health, to name a few.
Together with husband, Joseling, Santisteban
leadership and organization skills to social, civic and youth services via the St. Andrew's Parish
in Daly City, Calif. Santisteban helps members of the Bay Area business community by facilitating seminars on the Philippines and Filipino culture to companies interested in doing business there.