Naomi B. Levine, JDFaculty Member, New York University School of Professional Studies
Consultant to the President of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the Morse Foundation
For 25 years, Naomi Levine was Senior Vice President for External Affairs at New York University (NYU). In this capacity, Mrs. Levine was responsible for development and fundraising; press and public relations; alumni relations; and all special events relating to and involving alumni, trustees and donors. In 1978, when Mrs. Levine came to NYU, the University was close to bankruptcy – raising between $20-30 million a year, including funds for its medical center, hospital and law school. Under Naomi Levine’s direction, and with the help of an extraordinary Chairman of the Board, Board of Trustees, and several very involved Presidents, NYU began to raise $400 million a year and has become a great global center of learning.
Following her tenure as Senior Vice President of NYU, Mrs. Levine was Special Advisor to the President of New York University; Founder, Chair and Executive Director of the NYU George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising; and Chair of the Boards of the NYU Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life and the NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies. She also became a faculty member in the NYU School of Professional Studies teaching Ethics, Laws and Board Governance of Nonprofits. Naomi Levine serves as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness of the New York Supreme Court. She is also a Board member of the Jonas Center and she works closely with the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, which is an area of special interest to her.
On October 27, 2005 Naomi Levine received the NYU Presidential Medal signed by three Presidents, which is the highest honor the University confers. On May 22, 2013 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Hebrew Union College. And on May 18, 2015 she received a special Humanitarian Award from the NYU College of Nursing.
Prior to NYU, Mrs. Levine was the National Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress, a national organization concerned with the political, social and economic needs of Jews in the United States and the security of people in Israel and the Diaspora. She was the first woman to hold this position. For many years she was Assistant Professor in Race Relations at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Naomi Levine is at the present time a consultant to the President of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the Morse Foundation in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is a lawyer, a graduate of Columbia Law School (1948), where she was an editor of its Law Review. She is expert in constitutional law as it relates to civil rights, civil liberties, church-state separation, discrimination and the rights of minorities.
Before her work with AJCongress, Mrs. Levine practiced law in New York City. She received her undergraduate education at Hunter College (1944) and is the author of several books and articles on intergroup relations. She is also the author of the book “Politics, Religion and Love,” a scholarly biography of Edwin Montagu, Secretary of State to India, 1917-1918 -- a man who played an important role in the history of England before and during World War I.