Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
As Executive Director of the Levitt Foundation, Sharon Yazowski provides visionary leadership in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission to strengthen the social fabric of America by empowering communities to transform underused outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations through the power of free, live music. 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. Prior to her current position, 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 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; National Outdoor Recreation Conference; Art of Placemaking Conference; Growing Sustainable Communities Conference; and National Association of Development Organizations, amongst others.
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