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​All images were produced by Zachary Paul Levine unless otherwise noted.


©2020 by Zachary Paul Levine



  • Developed & implemented 3 strategic plans


  • Directed 41 immersive installations totaling 109,000 square feet


  • Wrote and managed 16 major grants


  • Curated 21 exhibitions including 2 core exhibits


  • Produced 24 media pieces for museums including videos, websites, and digital interactives


  • Designed and organized 4 national conferences


  • Rescued 1 historic mural from demolition


  • Earned 1 Eagle Scout rank

Capabilities & Expertise

Leadership for exhibitions, art installations, and educational programs | Strategic planning for cultural organizations and artists | Writing and editing | Public speaking | Building and fabrication for exhibitions | Historic Preservation, conservation, and artifact handling | Secondary and archival research | Interviewing and oral history collections | Media production | Marketing direction | American and European history, Jewish history and culture, art history, and material culture


Director of Exhibitions and Collections | National Building Museum

2016 - Present

Oversee exhibitions, collections, project management, budgeting, and scheduling.


Accomplishments: Multi-year plan to enhance care, raise funds and expand access to 320,000-object collection. Management and budget tracking measures reducing costs up to 20 percent, shortening production and elevating exhibit quality. $245,000 IMLS grant.


Responsibilities: Direct content, design, construction, and installation for seven multi- year exhibitions annually. Oversee 36,000 sq ft of gallery, workshop, and storage spaces. Budgets up to $2 million, schedules, contracts, and agreements. Supervise four staff, and contractors. Guide collections operations and expand access. Grants and marketing materials.

Independent Consultant, Curator, and Project Manager

2011 - Present

Provide strategic planning, project leadership, content development, and curatorial guidance for artists and cultural organizations.


Accomplishments: Concept, content, and fundraising for national scrap recycling exhibition at Jewish Museum of Maryland (Baltimore, MD) including $225,000 in grants. Core experience for 3,000 sq ft historic building for Jewish History Museum (Tucson,AZ).


Responsibilities: Strategic and project planning. Proposals and summaries, grants, exhibition materials, and media materials. Direct immersive installations and media production. Primary and secondary research, evaluation, and interviewing. Educational programs, conferences, and tours. Secure exhibition and project collaborators and spaces.

Vice Chair; Board Member | Council of American Jewish Museums

2014 - Present

Provide programatic and strategic leadership for national professional organization.


Accomplishments: Co-Chair for two national conferences serving over 200 people (Baltimore, MD 2014; Washington, DC, 2018). Vision and mission attracting new members. 


Responsibilities: Shape outreach and membership strategy; organizational identity and mission. Develop content for conferences and workshops. Contribute to fundraising efforts. 

Curator | Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

2014 - 2015

Designed and tested content for core exhibition of future Jewish museum.


Accomplishments: Six major grants including $40,000 NEH Planning Grant. Raised $20,000, managed PR, and oversaw technical aspects of historic mural rescue. Designed and implemented content testing through focus groups and surveys of 200+ participants. 


Responsibilities: Curated 5,000 sq ft core museum experience. Conceived and directed publications and public events. Grant writing and reporting. Biweekly articles; PR materials. Aligned collecting with museum vision. Weekly lectures, symposia, and tour designs. 

Assistant Curator | Yeshiva University Museum

2009 - 2013

Curated 8 exhibitions annually, oversaw all production, and managed online activity.


Accomplishments: Expanded audience engagement through programs. Instituted practices elevating quality while increasing efficiency.Three NEH Grants. Social-media identity and strategy engaging tens-of-thousands of new constituents.


Responsibilities: Exhibition concepts, texts, articles, and grant proposals. Oversaw up to 10 staff including content experts, interns, designers, and vendors. Evaluated artists’ and exhibition proposals. Produced interactives and films. Facilitated institutional partnerships.

New York University,

New York

PhD Candidate (ABD) History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Central European University, Budapest

MA, History

University of Maryland, College Park

BA, Government and Politics
BA, Jewish Studies