Mahsa Javid, Executive Director

Mahsa Javid is the Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.  She is also the Assistant Director of Development at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum.She has been involved in development and special events for local arts organizations including Artisphere, and the City of Fairfax Band Association. 

Mahsa has an M.A. in arts management from George Mason University. She currently serves on the Global Friends Committee at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is fluent in English, Farsi, French and Spanish.

Marisa Grant, Fellow 

Marisa Grant received her J.D. with honors from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2013 and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  While in law school, Marisa was Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Central Law Review and received a Dean’s award for outstanding service, as well as an award for best citations.  She served as a research assistant and edited copy for a professor’s article that won the 2011 American Bankruptcy Law Journal’s Editors’ Prize.  During law school, Marisa interned for Legal Aid where she handled housing, unemployment, and estate cases.  She also interned at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits where she researched policy issues related to tax law. 

Marisa became interested in cultural heritage law after participating in the Tulane Law/University of Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage and the Arts.  She also took an Art Law course at Duke University School of Law.  

Marisa received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She spent her junior year abroad in Florence, Italy, where she studied art history.  Marisa has been a long time volunteer at the North Carolina Museum of Art where she helps with special events and serves as a museum ambassador. 

Elena Gurevich, Volunteer

Elena Gurevich is a recent L.L.M. graduate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York. 

Ever since Elena was little she expressed great interest in the arts. She started painting and drawing and at some point was set on enrolling into the School of Art but decided to pursue a law career instead. 

Elena received her Bachelor’s and later her Master’s degree from Taras Shevchenko University of Kiyv, Ukraine. She concentrated her studies on Intellectual Property Law and subsequently developed substantial knowledge of Trademark, Copyright and Art Law. At Cardozo, Elena was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and the Art Law Society. 

Currently Elena works as a legal intern at CPR International Institute for Dispute Prevention and Resolution. 

Apart from her native Russian, Elena is fluent in English and proficient in German.

Rachel Pietron, Fellow 

Rachel is a metro-Detroit native who credits her high school humanities teacher with sparking her passion for art and culture. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in English literature and environmental policy. During college she spent a semester studying art and literature in Florence, Italy. 

After college her passion for storytelling and environmental conservation translated into an advocacy role with the legislative team of the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. A desire to fine-tune her advocacy skills propelled her to Santa Clara University Law School. Here she was exposed to cultural property law and co-founded the Association for the Protection of Cultural Property. After law school she moved to Los Angeles and currently resides with her fiancé in Santa Monica. She hopes to one day work for UNESCO and strengthen laws that conserve both tangible and intangible cultural property. 

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