Mission: RELA's mission is introducing law students to the intersection between law and the real estate industry, and showing students the various roles that real estate plays in their lives and careers. With support from the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, RELA works in cooperation with its sister group, the UCLA Anderson Real Estate Association, to expose law students to mentors as well as potential future clients or business partners. RELA also seeks to strengthen the connection between UCLA law students and the greater Los Angeles real estate community by engaging with social issues related to real estate.
Vanessa King - President
Vanessa was born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a 2017 graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied Business Administration. Vanessa grew up around the real estate industry as both her father and grandfather worked in real estate. Vanessa gained real estate experience as a construction and development summer intern at Kennedy Wilson in Beverly Hills before law school.
Following 1L, Vanessa worked as a summer associate in the Real Estate Practice Group at Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles. After 2L, Vanessa worked as a summer associate at both Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and Kirkland & Ellis. In 2019, Vanessa was named a Peter Bren Fellow by the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. After graduation, Vanessa will join Latham & Watkins as an associate. When not in school, Vanessa can be found traveling or exploring Los Angeles.
Kevin Pouldar - Executive Vice President
Kevin is a second-year law student and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Kevin graduated from UCLA in 2017 and received his B.A in Political Science. During undergraduate school, Kevin began his real estate career as a licensed real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty. Kevin has dealt with all facets of real estate including brokerage, investment and development. On the brokerage end, Kevin primarily focuses on commercial properties, particularly value-add shopping centers and gas stations. Following 1L, Kevin worked as a summer law clerk at the Los Angeles County Counsel, where he assisted Counsel in the acquisition of land all throughout Los Angeles County. When not in school, Kevin can be found trying new restaurants and hiking.
Peter Baum - Vice President of Operations
Peter is a third-year law student at the UCLA School of Law and a native of Portland, Oregon. He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in 2013, where he was captain of the Division 1 Men's Lacrosse Team. Before law school, Peter played professional lacrosse and worked for a sports and entertainment marketing firm in New York City.
Following his 1L year, Peter worked as a summer associate at Barg Singer PC, a boutique real estate law firm in Portland. After graduation, he will join the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis as an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group. In his free time, Peter enjoys skiing, playing tennis, and exploring new neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Johnny Rashtian - Secretary
Johnny is from Los Angeles. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Southern California, where he studied Industrial & Systems Engineering. He has prior work experience in venture capital and investment banking.
Johnny gained significant legal research experience while externing in United States Bankruptcy Court for Judge Martin R. Barash in the Summer of 2019. When not in school, he enjoys hiking or traveling outside the country.
Blake Senet - Alumni Affairs
Blake is a third-year law student at the UCLA School of Law. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended Georgetown University, where he graduated in 2015. He majored in economics and English and worked at the student credit union while in college. Blake has experience in Construction Law, having worked at Gibbs Giden LLP during several summers. He also worked on real estate transactions at Dentons as part of their corporate analyst program and helped negotiate contracts at a large aerospace company.
Blake was a proud winner of a Landau Lawyers League championship during his rookie season as part of the Gibbs Giden basketball team, where he was a force off the bench. He likes to spend his free time playing tennis, reading and hanging out with his golden doodle puppy.
Annie Alvarado - Alumni Affairs
Annie is a second year law student at UCLA. She is a student-athlete graduate from UCLA, and worked for the Los Angeles Galaxy as an assistant coach for the Girls' Academy youth soccer program upon graduating in 2017. This past summer, Annie gained experience in real estate working in the legal department for one of the largest agricultural companies in the U.S., The Wonderful Company. She very much enjoyed her summer, and she looks forward to gaining more experience in real estate throughout the school year and next summer working at a law firm.
Taylor Jandegian - AREA Liason
Taylor is originally from the Bay Area and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2014 with a B.S. in Enology (the science of winemaking). After college, Taylor began expanding a specialty coffee business, which ultimately led him to law school and real estate. He is also passionate about design and architecture. After graduation, Taylor will join the real estate law firm Allen Matkins in its Century City office.
Taylor is also a member of the Young Leaders Group within the Urban Land Institute and a participant in its Partnership Forum. In his free time, Taylor enjoys motorsport racing.
Erin Farrel - Alumni Affairs
Erin graduated from UCLA in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and Public Affairs. After graduation, she worked for a short period at a local entertainment law firm before becoming a paralegal at a big law firm in L.A., which sparked her interest in Real Estate Law. Erin’s paralegal work focused on commercial real estate transactions, including Acquisitions, Dispositions, and Financings. Erin joined UCLA Law in the fall of 2018. During her first year, she served as one of RELA’s 1L Representatives and competed in the 2019 Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Joint Venture Competition. In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, true crime podcasts, and spending time in Mammoth Lakes, California.
Tiffany Sabbah - Outreach
Tiffany Sabbah is a 2L at UCLA School of Law, where her work focuses on Business Law. Born and raised in Southern California, Tiffany graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology in 2018. Tiffany's passion for real estate stems from her family's involvement in real estate in the Los Angeles area. As a law student, Tiffany is excited to explore the connection between real estate and the law through her work with RELA, and at her summer job.
John Rigby - Outreach
John originally hails from the Midwest, where he graduated from the University of Iowa. His real estate interests stem from his time working as a clerk for a small West Los Angeles firm, where he worked on various real estate and real property-related cases.
In addition to his RELA duties, John recently started the Gaming Law Association at UCLA, an organization focused on exploring opportunities for law students interested in fantasy sports, online gaming, and sports gambling. He also serves as the External Vice President for the law school's Student Bar Association.