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Sara Alrehaili (she/her)
Sara is a 2021 LLM graduate from Boston University School of Law. Originally from Medina, Saudi Arabia, Sara completed her undergraduate studies with a bachelor’s degree in Law from Taibah University. Before coming to Boston, she worked as a legal intern in a local office and as in-house counsel for her family’s business in Saudi Arabia. Sara is interested in Intellectual Property, Contracts, and transactional law, which led her to pursue a concentration in IP during her graduate studies. Armed with her own belief in equality for all, she has been an active volunteer in the U.S. during her studies contributing to both the Fair Employment Project and Project Citizenship. Sara recently passed the New York Bar Exam and is currently pursuing a one-year Legal Tech certificate program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Judsine Blaisdell (she/her)
Arts Administration Intern
Judsine Blaisdell is an afro-latinx woman, born and raised in Boston. Growing up she always had a passion for art, digital media, and social activism. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she is studying Non-profit Arts Management and Social Justice, an individualized degree program that allows her to handpick classes such as “grassroots community organizing” and “nonprofit arts management” to best suit her individual goals and interests. By choosing to curate her own degree program, she has not only been able to expedite the growth of the tools in her arsenal, but also preserve her ideas for future change. At the end of this semester, she will be a first-generation college graduate. She is still fairly new to the art space as well as the non-profit sector, but she is looking forward to learning more and developing as a professional post-graduation. When not at school, she is painting or playing video games.
Emma Maia Dinnerstein (she/her)
Emma is a second-year law student at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. While originally from South Florida, Emma’s journey to New England started when she attended Clark University in Worcester, MA, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Art History. Emma’s pursuit of law comes from her experience growing up as a low-income, first-generation individual. Having access to the proper legal resources was something she saw those in her community consistently struggle to receive and that inspired her current path. Emma became interested in working with VLA due to its blend of advocacy and art in such a way that uplifts and supports its wonderful community. While at RWU, Emma works at the Law Library and serves as a second-year member of the Moot Court Board as well as the President of the Women’s Law Society.
Raven Francomano (she/her)
Raven is a third-year law student at the University of Massachusetts School of Law. She studied public policy and political science at the University of Mississippi and international policy at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Raven has served on the Executive Board of the UMass Law Mock Trial, Jessup Moot Court, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, and Legal Association of Women. Prior to joining our team, Raven worked as a judicial intern in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Raven has a background as a freelance visual artist, choral vocalist, and pianist. The rich and diverse cultural histories in Oxford, MS, Hidalgo, Mexico, and Boston, MA have inspired Raven to combine her passions for the arts and the law. She is interested in putting this passion to work in the sports, arts, and entertainment industries.
James Hyun (he/him)
Arts Administration Intern
James earned a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Percussion along with a minor in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in May of 2021. During his undergraduate study, James was interested in careers related to the arts. Through the So Percussion Summer Institute, where he worked as an operational intern, he developed an interest in working at an art nonprofit. James started his Arts Administration Internship at A&BC in the Fall of 2021, during which he contributed to grant writing and assisted with various programs. He is excited to be back for the spring to gain even greater knowledge and experience in arts administration. In his free time, James enjoys reading, running, and watching movies.
Kay Navarrete (she/her)
Kay is a third-year law student at Roger Williams School of Law. She is passionate about international law, intellectual property, and privacy rights. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino, with a focus on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and East Asian Politics. Kay also studied abroad at Uppsala University in Sweden, conducting Peace and Conflict research. Currently, Kay is working as a teaching assistant for the legal writing center. Inspired by the unique intellectual property barriers posed by the COVID-19 vaccines globally, Kay plans to pursue a career in international intellectual property.
Alexandra Pool (she/her)
Arts Administration Intern
Alexandra Pool is an MFA candidate in Arts Leadership & Cultural Management at the University of Connecticut. She has recently worked in marketing and development for Great Barrington Public Theater in the Berkshires and the Connecticut Repertory Theater. Before enrolling in graduate school, she worked in nonprofit fundraising, communications, and operations – most recently for higher education. As a lifelong fan of the theater, she is passionate about the performing arts and community development and is excited to join the Arts & Business Council in its support of greater Boston’s creative ecosystem. In her spare time, Alexandra is an avid baker and hiker and is working towards her certification as a yoga teacher.
Zehra Rizvi (she/her)
Zehra is currently a third-year law student at Roger Williams University School of Law and grew up in New York City and Connecticut. She has served as Treasurer and Vice President for the International Law Society as well as Treasurer for Owls. Zehra has also served as a Student Ambassador, received a Certificate in Mediation and Family & Divorce Mediation, and volunteered as a judge for the Regional Brown University Mock Trial competition. She earned her Master of Science degree in Healthcare Communication from Boston University in 2010. Prior to law school, Zehra worked at Chase Manhattan Bank as a Business Analyst. She is specifically interested in transactional work and health law. Her main interests include traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and their dog, Coda.
Shannon Smith (she/her)
Arts Administration Intern
Shannon is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University. Both an arts administrator and an artist, she earned her B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her senior year she received Honors in Studio Art after completing a year-long project focused on printmaking – though she also paints and sculpts for pleasure. In addition to Honors, Shannon was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta of New York chapter. Shannon’s previous job experience includes working as a Gallery Assistant at the Davis Gallery of Hobart and William Smith Colleges for two years where she assisted the Visual Arts Curator in the curation, installation, and reception of art exhibitions and public programming. Within her years at the Colleges, she also worked as a Teaching Assistant for a Studio Art course and studied abroad in Rome, Italy. Shannon currently enjoys her job as an Office Assistant at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute alongside her coursework in educational programming, nonprofit leadership, and community arts initiatives. She is excited to join the Arts and Business Council of Boston this spring as an Arts Administration intern!
Mary Catherine Suskie (she/they)
Mary Catherine Suskie, is in their third year of law school at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. They have always wanted to work with artists as they are an artist themself! Mary completed their undergraduate degree in Art History and has been interested in the intersection of art and law since they spent a summer working with senior artists in Washington, DC. They are currently on the board of UNH Law’s Mental Health Alliance and a member of the LGBTQIA+ group, Lambda. Mary hopes to work with artists by protecting their intellectual property and preserving their legacies through estate planning. In their free time, Mary likes to paint, bake, and go camping.