James Leventhal
Deputy Director & CDO
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

James G. Leventhal is a museum leader who has been in the field as an arts professional for over 30 years. With significant experience in all elements of high-impact museum work from education, marketing, collections digitization, and organizational development to fundraising. James last served as the Director of Development at the San José Museum of Art. In the Bay Area James has also worked at The Exploratorium (Director of Development), The Contemporary Jewish Museum (Deputy Director, Development), the Judah L. Magnes Museum (Director of Development and Marketing), and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco during the tail end of the Campaign for the New de Young.rnrnBefore moving to out west, James worked for eight years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, first as a research assistant in the Department of European Paintings, then as a manager on a large-scale collections management project, and eventually as a leader in the development department. Previous to his years at the Metropolitan, James worked in art galleries in New York, along with early years at The Phillips Collection and the Baltimore Museum of Art. With undergraduate study at NYU and graduate work at City College, New York in art history and museum studies, James completed an MBA from John F. Kennedy University. School. James also recently completed the Getty Leadership Institute. Leventhal has served on grant making panels for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Museum Loan Network, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and been a Museum Assessment Program leader for the American Alliance of Museums. Leventhal has lectured nationally and extensively on best practices in museum management and fundraising.