James Leventhal Appointed New Deputy Director for Development at Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum has announced the appointment of James Leventhal as the Deputy Director for Development as of February 22, 2010. Mr. Leventhal brings 24 years of experience of working in the arts with his major appointments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and most recently at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, where he was the Director of Development and Marketing for the last seven years.

“It’s truly extraordinary that the community has come together and built a model for museums in the 21st century, unencumbered by collections, but securing the future of collective knowledge and experience. What the Contemporary Jewish Museum has already achieved since the opening of its new facility in June 2008 ‹ an extraordinary presentation of innovative and thought-provoking exhibition and programs‹ is truly amazing and I am thrilled to be part of the team. In my new role as the Deputy Director for Development at the CJM, I plan to ensure that we have the support needed to continue engaging diverse audiences with meaningful presentations of Jewish art and culture while serving as a cultural hub for the entire greater Bay Area and beyond.”

James Leventhal spent the last seven years as Director of Development and Marketing for the Judah L. Magnes Museum (Berkeley, CA) where he helped the Board to raise $12 million in support of the Campaign for the Magnes and helped to formulate the gifting of the Magnes collection to the University of California, Berkeley. He also helped to create exhibitions that traveled internationally and helped to raise the profile of the Magnes nationally.

During his time at the Magnes, James served on grant making panels for the San Francisco Arts Commission and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Museum Loan Network. He has also presented nationally on the use of technology for audience development and engagement in museums. As a member of the Western Museums Associations Board and Programs Committee, James helped WMA launch a digital presence through Facebook, LinkedIn and its blog http://westmuse.wordpress.com. Locally James serves also on the Board of Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito, CA) and is a member of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland, where he helps to run the Shabbat Mishpacha program.

Prior to joining the team at the Magnes, James worked as a fundraising consultant for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to help the Museums wrap up the Campaign for the New de Young. James also worked for eight years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He completed his undergraduate studies in Art History, Anthropology and Studio Art at NYU and has done Master’s work in Art History and Museology at the City College of New York before receiving his M.B.A. from John F.Kennedy University, with a specialization in Museum Studies. James has also worked as an educator at the Baltimore Museum of Art and at The Phillips Collection.