A committed and professional team leads the development of the SUNY Levin Institute's programs. We work in a spirit of entrepreneurship and with an understanding of the need for a competitive response to globalization. We work with partners both local and global. The Levin team designs and delivers innovative programs that help New Yorkers meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Daniel J. Julius, Executive Director
Dr. Daniel J. Julius has joined SUNY as the Executive Director of the SUNY Levin Institute. He has had a career in higher education as an academic administrator, most recently in Alaska where he served as the Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs for the University of Alaska system of higher education. Prior to that he served as Provost at Benedictine University in Illinois, as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for the California State University system. Earlier in his career he served as the Director of the Center for Higher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His academic areas are in organizational behavior, management, higher education and industrial labor relations and he has published extensively in those fields. Dr. Julius has been a faculty member at Stanford University, Schools of Business and Education, the University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, the School of Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education. He has had significant international experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Europe, as a Visiting Scholar at the ILO in Geneva and as a visiting distinguished lecturer at universities in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Sultanate of Oman, Israel, and the People’s Republic of China. Dan is from New York City and attended public school in the Bronx and on Long Island. He received his higher education at The Ohio State University, Cornell, and Columbia University.
Thomas Moebus, Deputy Director
Mr. Moebus joined SUNY Levin Institute in July 2006 and currently serves as the Vice President. He previously served as Director of Corporate Relations at MIT, where he helped transform MIT's approach to industry through substantial partnerships with major international firms, and was instrumental in the creation of numerous international programs. He later was Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Irvine. More recently he founded a consulting practice in development and innovation, and co-founded and served as Executive Chairman of OCTANe, a Southern California technology development organization.
Maryalice Mazzara, Director of Academic Affairs
Dr. Mazzara received her doctorate in International Education from Columbia University. Prior to Levin, she was the Director of Education for Global Film Initiative, a non-profit organization promoting cross-cultural learning through the medium of film and was Education Attaché for the Government of Québec (New York office), responsible for Québec academic relations for the office’s region of eight states and DC. Dr. Mazzara was also Director of Teacher Training Outreach for The Harriman Institute’s (Columbia University) U. S. Department of Education’s East European, Eurasian, and Russian National Resource Center for ten years. Her consulting works include cross-cultural training programs for international corporations and education seminars for non-profits including the Soros Foundation in Mongolia and The Business Alliance in Vietnam.
Rebecca Smolar, Project Manager, Global Workforce Project, Globalization101
Ms. Smolar has managed the Globalization101 Project since 2005, under its previous homes at two, DC-based think tanks, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Before managing the Globalization101 project, Ms. Smolar was an Officer of Public Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for the youth and education portfolio. Ms. Smolar has a Masters in International Communications from American University and a B.S. in Psychobiology from Binghamton University.
Jason Mellen, Project Manager; Interim FastTrac Program Manager
Mr. Mellen joined Levin in 2011 where he worked as the Project Manager for the New York in the World initiative. Before taking this position, he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Teachers College, Columbia University where he also received his masters degree in International Educational Development. Mr. Mellen received his bachelors degree from SUNY Fredonia in English Adolescent Education, where he also gained experience in the SUNY system through involvement in the Student Association, Faculty Senate, and Academic Affairs organizations. Mr. Mellen calls Victor, New York home and is proud to be from Upstate New York.
Michael DiGiacomo, Strategic Advisor, Secretary and Treasurer to the Levin Foundation
Mr. DiGiacomo came to the Levin Institute in its start up phase, and served in various capacities in the building of the Institute. Prior to that, he worked in law and international finance, including positions at major Wall Street firms and service as the chief financial officer of a publishing company. He is a graduate of Yale College and Fordham Law School, where he has been an adjunct professor.