UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Portuguese Republic
CANDIDATE: Randi Charno Levine
Randi Charno Levine is a national advocate for the arts, cultural diplomacy leader, and philanthropist. Currently, Ms. Charno Levine serves as Commissioner at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She has helped curate and expand the museum’s permanent collection, chaired the 2019 Portrait of a Nation Gala, and revitalized their corporate partnership program. Ms. Charno Levine also serves as Trustee at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C, where she chairs the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy, providing guidance and leadership for its international exchange programs, exhibition development, and strategic and business partnerships. She is a Trustee at the New Museum in New York and Artemis Council member, where she has supported diversity and equality for women in the arts and fostered global dialogues while traveling to China, Italy, Peru, Portugal, and Turkey.
Ms. Charno Levine’s demonstrated record of collaborating and cultivating relationships with international stakeholders, her experience creating programming for people-to-people diplomacy and developing cultural diplomacy initiatives, as well as her performance as a leader at the Smithsonian, make her a well-qualified candidate to serve as American Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic.
Ms. Charno Levine is a member of the Friends of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a board member of FACES at New York University’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and a founding member of the High Line Council. She has also served as a former Board Member at the University of Arizona’s Norton School of Family Consumer Science, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Hamptons International Film Festival. She earned her BA Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a published author.