Perspectives on Philanthropy in New Orleans: Tamara Kreinin, Beth Shapiro Lavin, Sandy Levy and Linda Usdin
In connection with the exhibition l’dor v’dor: From Generation to Generation, Jewish Women and Their Impact on New Orleans, please join us for a conversation with philanthropic leaders Tamara Kreinin, Beth Shapiro Lavin, Sandy Levy and Linda Usdin. Explore their perspectives and approaches to philanthropic giving in New Orleans.
The exhibit will be open prior to the talk which will begin at 6 pm in the Playhouse at Longue Vue House and Gardens. Light refreshments will be served.
The speakers are leaders in their fields—locally, nationally, and internationally. Tamara Kreinin is Director of Population and Reproductive Health for the David and Lucille Packard Foundation; Beth Shapiro Lavin is Director of Development for the Contemporary Arts Center; Sandy Levy is Executive Director of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, and Linda Usain is President of swamplily, llc.
Please arrive at 5:00pm if you wish to view the exhibit. The program will begin at 5:30pm in the Playhouse.
Learn more about our speakers:
Tamara’s experience in health and human services spans more than 25 years. She has traveled the globe as an advocate and public policy advisor for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Tamara previously served as a consultant for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including the position of interim executive director of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, whose members grant $4 billion annually. In this role, Tamara led work to support the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast post-Katrina
Throughout her career, Tamara has been a passionate voice for social justice and social change. She has consulted in the areas of advocacy, fundraising, public relations, and numerous issues related to social change domestically and internationally. She has advised governors, legislators, state and local public health officials, parliamentarians, and advocates on effective public health policy; and has worked on numerous political campaigns.
Tamara is the co-author of Girls’ Night Out, a book about women’s groups across America, published in 2002 by Crown, Random House. Tamara holds a Masters in Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Saundra K. Levy
Saundra K. Levy is a native New Orleanian. She is currently the Director of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana and has served in that capacity for 27 years. The Jewish Endowment Foundation was established in 1967. She is passionate about Jewish philanthropy for today and tomorrow.
The current assets under management are over $55 million. Last year, JEF and its donor fund holders distributed over $4 million to Jewish charities and community organizations.
Previously, Sandy was the first Director of both the New Orleans and Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commissions for 16 years. She has also served as the Past President of Temple Sinai, the New Orleans Estate Planning Council, the New Orleans Council on Planned Giving, Regional AIDS Interfaith Council, and is currently on the Board of Ben Franklin High School and President of Young Audiences Charter Academy. She has been the recipient of the City Business Woman of the Year award twice and recognized by the New Orleans Historic Landmarks Commission and the Central Business District Historic Landmarks Commission for her service to those organizations and her support of historic preservation.
Linda Usdin DrPH
Dr. Usdin is the president of swamplily llc. a firm that advises national, regional and local foundations on their investments in Gulf Coast communities. In the last ten years, she has worked with the Ford, the Open Society, the Conrad N. Hilton, the Louisiana Disaster Recovery, and the Greater New Orleans foundations. In 2013, Dr. Usdin was awarded a Bellagio residency from Rockefeller Foundation to research community character and disaster resilience. She has served on an advisory committee for the National Academies Institute of Medicine, and is currently on the boards of the Louisiana Public Health Institute, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, on the Executive Council of WWNO (local NPR affiliate) and is the Chair of the Board of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. She is also a Co-Founder of NOW, LOVE, a network of over 500 women working to support the values of our democracy.
Dr. Usdin has a B.A. magna cum laude from Duke University, Master’s Degree in public health from University of California at Berkeley and Dr.PH. from the international health department at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is on the adjunct faculty of Tulane SPH & TM in the department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences.
Beth Shapiro Lavin
Beth Shapiro Lavin currently serves as Associate Director of Development at the Contemporary Arts Center. She has worked in the development field for more than a decade at organizations including Tulane University Law School, St. George’s Episcopal School and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Additionally, Beth has been active on local and national boards to promote philanthropy among young professionals and support grassroots fundraising efforts, including serving as the chair of the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans and as a founding board member of Emily’s Entourage. Beth has a B.A. in French from the University of Pennsylvania and will complete her MBA at Tulane University Freeman School of Business in August 2018.