Communications Editor, Information and Communications
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Levin attended college at UCLA, majoring in history while taking courses in literature, film, and playwriting as well. Before graduating, he took a break—first to travel in Europe and then to work in a congressional office in Washington, D.C. Following graduation, he was hired to help handle constituent and community relations in the office of Tom Bradley, the newly elected mayor of Los Angeles. After a two-year stint at L.A. City Hall, he moved to Boston to devote himself to writing. This pursuit continued when he returned to Los Angeles, and he worked in television for several years, part of the time writing for the ABC comedy Benson.
In 1984 he moved east again, this time to New York City, where he worked for a research center preparing a study on police policy commissioned by the U.S. Justice Department. This was followed by a job as a policy analyst with a New York State commission on trade and competitiveness in the office of Governor Mario Cuomo. There he drafted position papers and wrote portions of the Cuomo Commission Report, published in 1988. The following year he returned to Los Angeles, where he worked as a freelance writer for the "Opinion" section of the Los Angeles Times and for the Friends of the Arts of Mexico Foundation, among others. His projects at the foundation included a documentary on the rock art of Baja California and a public radio program on short stories from modern Mexico.
His association with the GCI began in 1991, when he was hired to write and edit the Institute's newsletter on a regular basis. Other assignments included writing a documentary on the Nefertari project and editing the GCI book Picture L.A., which went on to win several awards. In 1995 he joined the Institute's staff. While continuing as editor of the newsletter, he also serves as the GCI's liaison with the Getty Trust's Public Affairs department and is part of the team supervising the GCI's Web site. In addition, he undertakes special assignments from the Institute's director, such as writing the GCI's new brochure. He enjoys being at the Institute, for it appeals to his omnivorous curiosity—and because the diversity of what he does now echoes the diversity of his working life prior to the GCI.