James G. Leventhal Appointed Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer of MoAD

MoAD tapped to debut the Studio Museum of Harlem permanent collection in Spring 2019

San Francisco (Feb. 6, 2018) – The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) has appointed James G. Leventhal as deputy director and chief development officer (CDO). Reporting directly to MoAD’s Director and CEO Linda Harrison, Leventhal will help to chart MoAD’s future growth, and guide internal leadership activities at a time of deepening strength for MoAD financially. Leventhal’s decades of museum experience will be an essential asset with an eye toward future needs and budget realities. As mentor and coach, Leventhal will serve as a visible and approachable sounding board and resource for staff. Leventhal is an experienced museum professional who comes to MoAD from the San José Museum of Art (SJMA), where he was director of development.

Amongst his many talents, James is an experienced fundraiser and we are glad to be bringing him on the team. He has a great track record helping museums to grow and deepen community through both program promotion and the successful development of online content and engagement. He is a people person. His fundamental understanding for the on-the-ground needs in museum operations and inspiring others is well recognized and appreciated by all the museums where he has worked from the Contemporary Jewish Museum to former colleagues from his years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Linda Harrison, MoAD Director and CEO notes, “As always, we are working on our provocative and electrifying exhibitions. 0pening March 28th. Cu- rated by Andrew Hennlich, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in South African Con- temporary Art presents installations, photography and painting directly from the continent. In addi- tion to highlighting another striking bay area artist, Andrew Wilson, from our Emerging Artists Program (EAP), we are activating the first floor galleries with an exhibition focusing on digital art and augmented reality, which will be free and open to the public.”

Harrison adds, “James joins as we are planning our Spring of 2019 artistic programming. We are ecstatic to partner with the Studio Museum of Harlem in presenting a block- buster selection of works curated by Connie Choi. In its almost 60- year history, this will be the first travel- ing exhibition to reflect the full breadth of the Studio Museum of Harlem’s unparalleled permanent collec- tion. MoAD will be its debut.”

“Right now, there may be nothing more important than to promote the mission of MoAD, inviting everyone to engage in the cultural expression of the African Diaspora through contemporary art. I am thrilled to be able to stand on the front lines of this country’s present key cultural need,” said Leventhal. “I have spent most of my museum career advocating for the necessary exploration of the politics of identity and display. This is a great time at MoAD and I am excited to arrive at this ascendant moment for MoAD–with its recent success at the annual Gala, MoAD’s signature Afropolitan Ball; and its focusing on essential contemporary artists; and all that’s to come.”

At SJMA, Leventhal successfully led a team responsible for raising over $3.3 million dollars annually in contributed and earned revenue. During his time at the Museum, Leventhal worked closely with education and program staff to strategize and secure one of the single-largest Foundation grants in the Museum’s recent history, a $275K grant from the Irvine Foundation to support outreach into the Vietnamese communities of San Jose; and an important IMLS grant ($150K) to support enhanced content for the Museum’s on-line collections catalogue. Leventhal and his team doubled both gross and net Gala results, and deepened investment and engagement across the entire Board. He helped the Museum launch a Corporate Leadership Council, and initiate the founding of a Young Professionals group that has helped galvanize a growing group of new and younger supporters.

From 2010 to 2014, he was deputy director for development at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Leventhal served as director of development and marketing at the Judah L. Magnes Museum for seven years, visioning the Magnes becoming a part of the University of California, Berkeley. Leventhal served as a fundraising consultant for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco during the tail end of the Campaign for the New de Young. He worked in various research, collections and mostly development capacities at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from 1994-2002.

Leventhal is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Program (2015). He holds an MBA in management and museum studies from John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, and was named Alumni of the Year in 2013. He completed course work toward an MA in art history and museum studies from The City College, City University of New York (1995); and has a BS in studio art and anthropology from New York University. Leventhal has served on the Boards of the Western Museums Association (2010-2017) and Museum Computer Network (2010).

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