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Sharon Yazowski

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Sharon provides visionary leadership in fulfilling the Levitt Foundation’s mission. She is the chief spokesperson for the organization, traveling across the country to share the impact of Levitt programs and creative placemaking. Her passionate commitment to the arts as a vehicle for positive change in communities has guided the strategic growth of Levitt programs nationwide, including the development of innovative public/private partnerships that are the bedrock of permanent Levitt venues. Sharon collaborates with Friends of Levitt partners in developing sustainability strategies, ensuring the long-term success of each permanent Levitt venue. Sharon also serves as a board member of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.

Prior to her position with the Levitt Foundation, Sharon was the founding Executive Director of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at MacArthur Park. Her work there and the venue’s impact in the community earned her the recognition of “Los Angeles Park Hero” by the City of Los Angeles. Sharon’s career began working with arts nonprofits in metropolitan Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University with a concentration in arts and business management.

Sharon is often an invited speaker at regional and national conferences, including the National Main Street Conference; Grantmakers in the Arts; National Brownfields Training Conference; National Consortium for Creative Placemaking; Association for Performing Arts Presenters; National Recreation and Parks Association Conference; Art of Placemaking Conference; Growing Sustainable Communities Conference; and NADO (National Association of Development Organizations), amongst others.


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