Fay Hartog-Levin

Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin was the 65th Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She presented her credentials to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix on August 19, 2009 and served until September 2011.

Currently, Ambassador Levin serves as a Senior Advisor at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, as a Special Advisor on Strategy at the Harris School of Public POlicy (University of Chicago), and as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. She is a member of the Boards of the National Archives, the Roosevelt Institute, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Netherlands America Foundation.

Previously, Ambassador Levin was a senior consultant at Res Publica Group from 2006-2009, after a career in the public sector. At Res Publica, she advised clients on all aspects of internal and external communications and relationship building, emphasizing the non-profit and cultural sector. She assisted non-profits to develop strategic partnerships, to leverage their visibility, and to maximize their support among traditional and non-traditional audiences and funders.

Previously, at Chicago's Field Museum, Ambassador Levin served on the executive management team as Vice President for External Affairs from 1997-2005. In that capacity, she led the Museum's campaign for public funding. She was the Museum's liaison to the City and its many departments and led the Museum's outreach activities to a variety of community organizations. In her capacity as Vice President, she supervised the Department of Public Services, Human Resources and Information Technology.

As an attorney, Ambassador Levin began her career as a legal advisor to the Illinois State Board of Education, advising the State Superintendent and Regional Superintendents of Education on the interpretation and application of the Illinois School Code. In private practice, she joined the law firm Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson, representing primarily school boards, private and public colleges, and social service agencies. She published many articles and was a frequent speaker on a variety of topics related to school and employment law and crisis management.

Ambassador Levin was a member of the Illinois Arts Alliance Board from 1997-2009, and served as Chairman from 2006-2008. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Merit School of Music and DePaul University. She was a member of the Advisory Board of U.S. Bank in Chicago. She had previously served on the Boards of Columbia College Chicago and the North Suburban Special Education District Foundation.

Ambassador Levin is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Russian language and literature. She received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.

Ambassador Levin's parents were Dutch citizens who left the Netherlands during WWII, and immigrated to the U.S. thereafter.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Netherlands, (2009 - 2011)

Areas of Expertise

  • Management - Administration
  • Management - Construction
  • Management - General
  • Management - Human Resources
  • Management - Training
  • Political - General Policy
  • Justice - General Policy