Rassa Montaser is an independent researcher, curator, project generator, and a catalyst.
Rassa started at the age of 14 as an intern to a Superior Court Judge in Washington, DC., thirty minutes away from her home in Maryland. The following year, Rassa began working as an assistant to a political fundraiser for six years until her second year of University. After working closely with then-Senator John Kerry (the former Secretary of State, current Special Presidential Envoy for Climate), 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 London Metropolitan University.
Soon thereafter, Rassa moved to New York. There she produced international runway shows at KCD Inc., 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 for working with and developing the trajectory of emerging and established fine artists. With her team, Rassa curated exhibitions and generated valuable opportunities in all its forms with a wide range of multidisciplinary artists, progressive brands, non-profits, galleries, and museums.
In 2018, Rassa decided to pivot and concentrate on her own work with a focus on world priorities. She is dedicated to generating substantive experiences that facilitate communication and raise as well as expand awareness.
Rassa supports advocacy and fundraising efforts for a number of environmental and human rights organizations. She joined Human Rights Watch in 2016. Rassa has served on the HRW Santa Barbara Steering Committee and the HRW Los Angeles Committee since January 2017 and February 2020, respectively. She attended and participated in discussions at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit, 20th Anniversary and the United Nations 75th Anniversary, Uniting Business.
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