The Honorable Fay Hartog-Levin
DAMEN AWARD - SCHOOL OF LAW
The Honorable Fay Hartog-Levin (JD ’75) has enjoyed a varied and distinguished career in both the public and nonprofit sectors, and she has volunteered extensively with cultural and educational institutions. Throughout her professional life, she has been an effective networker, connecting organizations and people who may have been unlikely partners.
Hartog-Levin began her career as a legal advisor at the Illinois State Board of Education in 1977. In 1982, she joined the Seyfarth Shaw law firm and represented primarily school boards, private and public colleges, and social service agencies. In 1997, she began working at the Field Museum as its first vice president of external affairs. From there, she moved on to serve as a senior consultant at Res Publica Group, where she advised clients on all aspects of internal and external communications.
In 2009, Hartog-Levin was appointed as the 65th U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In that capacity, she was chief of mission at the embassy, which included management of all aspects of human resources, integrating U.S. and Dutch labor laws, budget management, and allocating resources.
Hartog-Levin volunteers her time for many events and organizations. She has hosted and mentored Northwestern University liberal arts students, hosted the Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” discussion evenings, and served on both the “Obama for Illinois” in 2004 and “Obama for America” in 2008 campaigns, among other volunteer efforts.
A distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Hartog-Levin works on a variety of political, economic, and environmental issues. She also serves as senior advisor on international strategies to the dean of the Harris School of Public Policy and as a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Law.
Hartog-Levin is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Russian language and literature. She received her JD from Loyola University Chicago.
Hartog-Levin lives in Winnetka, Illinois, with her husband, Daniel, chairman of the Habitat Company and the East Bank Club.