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Curt Portzel, J.D., M.T.S.

Curt

Executive Director
Phone: (310) 506-4003
Fax: (310) 506-4859
Email: curt.portzel@pepperdine.edu

Curt's responsibilities include structuring charitable gifts to simultaneously benefit Pepperdine students and help Pepperdine alumni and friends incorporate charitable giving into their financial, tax and estate planning. Curt develops gifts to meet individualized goals and objectives.

In his capacity as Executive Director, Curt is also responsible for the day to day operations and management of the Center for Estate and Gift Planning. Curt is an alumnus of Pepperdine's Seaver College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1992. Curt also attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, completing a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Theological Studies in 1997.

Prior to joining the Center for Estate and Gift Planning in 2005, Curt was in private law practice with McGuireWoods, LLP, concentrating on complex commercial real estate transactions. Curt's real estate experience is an asset to the Center, particularly when developing complex real property gifts. Curt is admitted to practice law in California and Georgia. Curt has guest lectured at the Pepperdine School of Law and presented at the Western Regional Planned Giving Conference. He has published in various periodicals, including Planned Giving Today, Journal of Law and Religion, and Journal of Church and State.

Anissa Morse, J.D.

 

Anissa Morse 

Planned Giving Officer and Legal Counsel
Phone: (310) 506-4737
Fax: (310) 506-4859
Email: anissa.morse@pepperdine.edu

Anissa Morse rejoined the Center for Estate and Gift Planning in 2013 after a five-year hiatus during which she practiced estate planning in Tennessee and worked as the Associate Director of Planned Giving at the University of Utah.

Anissa graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2001 and served as editor of the Dispute Resolution Law Journal.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Utah in 1998.

Anissa is admitted to the State Bars of California, Tennessee and Utah.

Selina Brandt, J.D.

Legal Associate
Phone: (310) 506-7606
Fax: (310) 506-4859
Email: selina.brandt@pepperdine.edu

Selina is the Legal Associate for the Center for Estate and Gift Planning, where she assists in the preparation of planned giving proposals and estate plans. Before joining Pepperdine, Selina was a tax associate for Latham & Watkins, LLP, in Los Angeles and Costa Mesa. At Latham & Watkins, she worked with corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, charitable organizations, and individual investors in connection with tax controversies, business entity formations, and complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings, and restructurings. She also has taught Legal Research and Writing and served as the Assistant Dean for Career Development at the Pepperdine School of Law. Her background in tax, finance, and economics are an asset to Pepperdine donors, friends, and advisors.

Selina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Oregon State University in 1987. She is an alumnus of the Pepperdine School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 1992 (graduating first in her class) and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pepperdine Law Review.