MARTIN LEVINE BRINGS A UNIQUE BACKGROUND TO THE JOB OF STRENGTHENING DC’s SCHOOLS
Martin Levine will bring unique strengths to the DC Board of Education. He is a native Washingtonian and a graduate of the DC public schools. He has experience as a teacher and analyst of education issues; and he’s been a manager in the private sector building partnerships with community groups and local governments.
Martin Levine has a demonstrated commitment to Washington and its schools, as well as a record of community service and bringing people together to achieve success.
First-hand Knowledge of Our Schools Service to the Washington Community
Committed to Excellence in DC Schools
Levine for DC Schools 3138 Patterson St. NW Washington, DC 20015 202-364-2813
Martin was born in Washington. He grew up in Ward 4 and attended the public schools there and in Ward 3:
• Whittier Elementary School • Paul Junior High • Wilson High School
After completing university studies and graduate work and teaching in Ohio, Martin Levine returned to Washington and has resided since with his wife in the home in NW Washington that his parents bought in 1961. As a product of the DC public schools, he is aware of the value of quality education, and he has direct experience in schools that provided first-rate education to diverse student bodies.
Martin has continued his involvement with our schools and their students:
• During the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Levine served as a mentor to students at H. D. Woodson High School in NE Washington
• From 2001 to 2005 Martin served as a community representative on the Board of the Lafayette Elementary School HSA in Chevy Chase
Martin has served the Washington community in other capacities as well:
He has served on the boards of IONA Senior Services and the Washington Area Housing Partnership
From 2004 to 2005, Martin served as president of the Ward 4 Democrats.
Preparation and Experience as a Teacher
Martin Levine holds a BA from the University of Rochester in New York, as well as MA and PhD degrees in political science from Michigan State University. While at MSU, Martin served as president of the political science graduate students’ association and edited the department’s professional journal.
After receiving his doctorate, Mr. Levine taught political science for four years and directed the public administration programs at Miami University in Ohio. During that period he developed an inter-disciplinary curriculum, created internship programs in local governments, and expanded enrollments five-fold.
While Martin was teaching, his wife completed a law degree at the University of Cincinnati. When she received an offer of a position with the federal government, the two of them returned to Washington where they’ve lived continuously for the past 30 years.
Wide-Ranging Professional Experience and a Record of Success
Upon returning to Washington, Martin Levine worked for two years as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. From there he moved to the Congressional Budget Office, eventually becoming Deputy Assistant Director for Education, Employment, Housing and Community Development. In that capacity, Mr. Levine worked regularly with members of Congress and senior staff, evaluating budget proposals and developing policy options.
In 1987 Mr. Levine joined Fannie Mae, where he remained until January 2000. For most of that time he served as Senior Vice President, leading the company’s effort to expand access for low- and moderate-income families to affordable housing in Washington and throughout the country. This work involved fostering partnerships among local governments, community groups and the private sector. Mr. Levine worked directly with mayors, the heads of national and local nonprofit organizations, and CEOs of private companies.
Martin Levine currently manages a consulting practice focused on housing finance and international development.