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Sandy Levy

b. April 5, 1947

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Sandy Levy until we are able to commission a full entry.

Sandy Levy works as an organizational leader in New Orleans and created the Historic District Landmarks Commission in 1975.

Courtesy of Sandy Levy

Sandy Levy’s lifetime of experience in New Orleans as a fundraiser and a preservationist made her uniquely suited to help survivors of Katrina rebuild their lives and their homes. Sandy Levy began working for the city of New Orleans in 1969 and within two years became the federal programs administrator, in charge of seeking grants for city projects. She created the Historic District Landmarks Commission in 1975 and became its first director, regulating the preservation of the city’s beautiful architecture and seeking ways to grow the city’s economy without losing its unique character. She retired from that post in 1991 but remained active as president of Temple Sinai, director of the Jewish Endowment Foundation (where she expanded their planned giving funds fivefold), and a member of the boards of numerous organizations, from Le Petit Theatre to the ADL. When Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, Levy helped raise funds to distribute to those affected by the storm.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sandy Levy." (Viewed on May 29, 2023) <>.


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