Cultural Assets Management

Kate D. Levin served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs from 2002-2013.

Managing the largest single arts funder in the U.S., she increased the number of nonprofit cultural organizations receiving support and average grant awards by over 30%, as well as creative sector participation in economic development, tourism, human service and education initiatives. During her tenure capital funding recipients tripled, expanding the agency’s oversight of planning, design and financing for cultural construction projects—directing over $3 billion for projects in neighborhoods across the city. Technology improvements streamlined application procedures and data collection, and capacity building programs strengthened non-profit leadership. Levin oversaw the city’s permanent public art commissioning program, and helped develop and promote numerous temporary exhibitions and performances. She worked to create several new cultural districts and organizations, extending New York’s vitality and impact as a world cultural capital.

A former Professor of English at City College/CUNY, Levin also served in the administration of Mayor Ed Koch.