Reynold Levy, President, Lincoln Center
Since 2002, Reynold Levy has served as President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, playing in instrumental role in the latest redevelopment of the 16.3-acre urban renewal complex from the 1960s that was also the first attempt to centralize cultural institutions in an American city. The first major phase of the project, Alice Tully Hall designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, opened earlier this year and has been lauded equally by architecture critics and discerning listeners. The equally anticipated new visitor’s center designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will open later this fall. Under Dr. Levy’s leadership, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has entered a new era by embracing ambitious and innovative buildings that reintegrate Robert Moses’ scheme with the city and invite a new audience to America’s most prestigious cultural campus on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Dr. Levy’s arrival at the helm of Lincoln Center continues a distinguished career in public service that includes his previous roles as President of the International Rescue Committee (1997-2002), senior officer of AT&T in charge of government relations (1994-1996), President of the AT&T Foundation (1984-1996), Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y (1977-1984), and Staff Director of the Task Force on the New York City Fiscal Crisis. He has also written and spoken widely about philanthropy, and is the author of Yours for the Asking: An Indispensable Guide to Fundraising and Management (John Wiley and Sons, 2008).