Leslie Levy is the Ardis and Robert James Executive Director of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM), a true global gem of the art community. In addition to leading operations, guiding the strategic direction for the Museum, and participating on the acquisitions committee, Ms. Levy travels nationally and internationally to increase outreach and public awareness for the Museum and its collection.
In 1995, Ms. Levy began her legal career in the private practice. From 2002 – 2011, she was the Chief of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice. While there, she not only represented Nebraska’s interests in anti-trust suits against the pharmaceutical companies, she participated in multinational actions against some of the country’s best known companies which resulted in increased revenue recovered for Nebraska’s consumers 3-fold during her tenure. It was during that time, Ms. Levy developed a newfound appreciation for the invaluable gift that Nebraska’s not-for-profit organizations are to the State. By working alongside many not-for-profits to ensure their compliance with the laws that govern Nebraska’s nonprofit and charitable organizations, she made many new friends and was asked to lead the Willa Cather Foundation as its executive director.
Like the IQSCM, the Cather Foundation is another of Nebraska’s local institutions that is recognized for its global preeminence and leadership, which led to her serving as the Quilt Museum’s executive director today.
A University of Nebraska - Lincoln alumna, Levy holds a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs and a Juris Doctorate from the College of Law. Ms. Levy is an active volunteer, giving her time and leadership skills to the Rotary Club 14; Junior League of Lincoln; the Diaconate Board - First Plymouth Church; and American Quilt Study Group (AQSG).