Kathryn E. Wagner, Esq.
212.319.2787 ext. 25
Katie Wagner is the Executive Director of VLA. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. She manages VLA’s pro bono legal placement services and legal clinics, regularly consulting with VLA artists seeking these legal services. She also develops curriculum and teaches certain VLA educational programs.
Prior to joining VLA, Katie was Vice President and Counsel for the National Music Publishers’ Association, the leading trade organization representing the interests of music publishers in the United States. She served as a legal advisor for the litigation and policy initiatives of the association. Katie oversaw NMPA’s representation of music publishers' and songwriters' interests in the proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board to establish statutory rates for CDs, downloads and other digital uses under the Section 115 compulsory license. She also focused on the NMPA’s overall litigation efforts and related licensing offerings. Through these efforts, the association was instrumental in establishing a fair digital marketplace for its music publisher and songwriter members as digital media companies with vast financial resources became significant consumers and distributors of their works.
Katie joined the NMPA after practicing in the litigation group at Pryor Cashman LLP where she specialized in intellectual property and complex business transaction proceedings. Wagner holds a law degree from Tulane University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law. She holds a bachelor of arts in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University.
Stacy Lefkowitz, Esq.
Director of Legal Services
212.319.2787 ext. 14
Stacy Lefkowitz, the Director of Legal Services, comes from a nonprofit and arts background. Prior to joining VLA, she was the Pro Bono Manager at Pro Bono Partnership, Inc., a legal services organization solely dedicated to representing nonprofits in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. There, she conducted outreach to corporations and law firms, managed the placement of pro bono attorneys in open matters and assisted with client intake. Ms. Lefkowitz has also consulted with artists through New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), where she evaluated artists’ business plans and advised artists on legal issues and professional development matters. She worked for Cahill Partners LLP on an insurance litigation resulting from the Salander O’Reilly Galleries bankruptcy and with Harlem Stage, drafting and updating their artist, commissioning and curating agreements. Ms. Lefkowitz began her legal career in Public Finance at Nixon Peabody LLP, during which time she helped incorporate a nonprofit theater group through VLA.
Ms. Lefkowitz completed Pace University’s New Directions Program in 2010, and has taken several courses in Arts Administration at New York University. She graduated from Syracuse University College of Law, where she was the recipient of a full College of Law Scholarship and was on the Journal of Law and International Commerce. Ms. Lefkowitz graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University, where she studied Politics and Art History. She is also a portrait painter working in pastels and oils.
Kristine S. Hsu
The George Washington University Law School, J.D. with honors 2012
New York University, B.A. 2009
212.319.2787 ext. 18
Kristine Hsu joined VLA as a Legal Fellow & Pro Bono Coordinator in August 2012, managing the status of VLA’s open pro bono cases. She started as Staff Attorney in July 2013. Kristie first became interested in intellectual property law and corporate transactions at GWU Law School, where she was the Managing Editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, and worked in the GWU Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic. As Staff Attorney, Kristie is delighted to continue advising a variety of artists and assist with their legal issues.
Luis Nieto Dickens
Marketing and Design Director
University of Texas at El Paso, B.F.A. 2010
212.319.2787 ext. 12
Luis Nieto Dickens is a designer of Mexican nationality who lives and works in New York. Luis received his B.F.A. from The University of Texas at El Paso with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Printmaking. During school and after graduating, Luis worked for and with numerous art institutions, designers and artists in the West Texas area before joining Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where he oversees marketing and assists the education program. Luis likes espresso shots and is currently on the look out for the perfect one in New York. He also misses the amazing landscape views and sunsets in Marfa, TX and riding his bicycle through town.
Valentina Rubio Dumornay
M.A. NYU, Steinhardt School of Education and Human Development, Visual Art Administration, 2007
B.F.A. MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, General Fine Arts & Video, 2003
212.319.2787 ext. 10
Valentina Rubio Dumornay is VLA’s Office Administrator, providing financial, development and general support to the organization. Valentina has a true passion for visual arts and a vast background in the art world.
Valentina began her career in the arts as an art dealer where she assisted clients in buying and selling important pieces of work. She later worked for high profile auction houses as a specialist in modern, contemporary and Latin American Art. After she earned her master’s degree, Valentina transitioned from the fast paced world of art dealing to arts administration. Prior to joining VLA, Valentina was the financial administrator for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, an artist and curatorial residency non-profit organization.
As an art lover, Valentina is proud to support VLA’s mission. As a mother, Valentina is delighted to introduce her baby girl Stella to New York’s world of museums and galleries during her free time
The George Washington University, B.A. 2011
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Diana recently moved to New York from Washington, DC to join VLA as their Development Associate. She graduated cum laude from The George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs with concentrations in Contemporary Cultures and Societies and Latin America and Minors in Spanish and Dance. While at GW she was a member and captain of the nationally competitive First Ladies Dance Team. Diana has been passionate about dance for most of her life and plans to attend law school in fall 2012 and to focus her studies in art and entertainment law in order to help protect artists against infringement of their works.