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Ms. Werkheiser is the co-founder and managing member of Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC, a law and policy firm based in Washington, D.C. Cultural Heritage Partners has advised LEAP’s founders since the organization’s inception and provides day-to-day management for the effort. Ms. Werkheiser is a leader in the field of cultural heritage law and has counseled more than 80 enterprises on organizational capacity building, strategic planning, board development, program evaluation, fundraising, risk management, and government relations. She previously served as executive director of the Phoenix Project, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that promoted social entrepreneurship and improved nonprofit management practices and is now part of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University. Ms. Werkheiser earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and California. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, where she graduated with a B.A. in political science and classical civilization with an emphasis in art and archaeology. The Register of Professional Archaeologists honored Ms. Werkheiser in 2014 with the John F. Seiberling Award for her significant and sustained efforts in the conservation of archaeological resources.
Mr. Werkheiser is a social entrepreneur and lawyer tackling major challenges in the fields of leadership development, politics and government, cultural heritage preservation, and civil rights. Mr. Werkheiser has helped pioneer three global leadership development movements over 20 years as founding director of prominent centers of civic education, social entrepreneurship, and cross-sector leadership. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized him as one of the United States’ leading civic educators in their volume Educating for Democracy. He has held public service roles at the White House, U.S. Embassy in Paris, U.S. Information Agency, and Congressional Management Foundation. Mr. Werkheiser is a co-founder of Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC, and, with his colleagues, advises LEAP. Mr. Werkheiser earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary.
Ms. Burgess provides corporate and tax counsel to LEAP. She has over ten years’ experience working with a wide variety of art and cultural heritage organizations, including archaeological groups, domestic and foreign museums, auction houses, nonprofits and other entities. Ms. Burgess graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School and is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar.