Rassa Montaser is a California based artistic director and project generator.
Before focusing on her own work, from the age of 15 Rassa worked in political fundraising for six years in Washington DC. After working closely with then Senator John Kerry (the former Secretary of State), Senators Fritz Hollings, Bob Kerry, Chris Dodd and the late Teddy Kennedy, she completed her BA in Electronic Media with minors in Art History and British Media & Culture from George Washington University, The Courtauld Institute of Art and City College in London.
In New York Rassa produced international runway shows in close collaboration with fashion designers of various brands – Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Jil Sander, Gucci, Cartier, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton and Anna Sui, amongst others. Working closely with designers segued her passion into working with and developing the trajectory of emerging and established fine artists. With her team, Rassa curated and generated valuable opportunities in all its forms with a wide range of multidisciplinary artists, progressive brands, galleries and museums. Her company offered a cross spectrum synergy whilst keeping core identity, values and long-term integrity intact. These partnerships opened a thoughtful alliance and mutually beneficial environment of cultural exchange.
Rassa supports advocacy and fundraising efforts for a number of environmental and human rights organizations. She currently serves on the Executive Council for Human Rights Watch.