Bridget Gless Keller, a jewelry designer, philanthropist, and fifth-generation Angelena, has spent the better part of the last decade volunteering at the Children’s Institute (CII), which brings early childhood education, therapy services, family support groups, youth activities, and crisis relief—in 2020 it provided food, laptops, and more—to its more than 30,000 clients.
As Chair of the Frank Gehry designed campus in Watts, she spearheaded the funding and development of a new campus for the organization. Construction broke ground on January 30, 2020, of the new 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art community facility in Watts. She delivered it with construction on schedule and $2.3 million dollars underbudget. This new 20-million-dollar facility will provide holistic, integrated services for at-risk children, youth and families. It is expected to serve approximately 2,000 low-income individuals annually, with programs and services focused on mental health, early care and education, youth development, and family support services.
Bridget is also involved in The CHIPS, The Colleagues, and The Diadames, women-run organizations that support various charities for children in Los Angeles. She is a twenty year member of USC’s Board of Counselors for the Libraries. She and her husband, Paul, divide their time between Los Angeles and Oceanside, CA.