Ambassador Henne Schuwer and former US Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Henne Schuwer presented former US Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin a royal decoration and inducted her as an officer into the Order of Orange Nassau for her longstanding commitment to strengthening the bilateral relationship between the Netherlands and the United States.
The Order of Orange Nassau is a civil and military order of chivalry founded in 1892 in the Netherlands. The ceremony took place on April 26 as part of the King’s Day celebration hosted by Louis Piët, the Dutch Consul General in Chicago.
Hartog-Levin served as the United States representative to the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 2009-2011. The daughter of Dutch immigrants, she has amassed a strong record of public service and philanthropy. Throughout her career in higher education, the nonprofit sector, and government, Hartog-Levin has been guided by a pragmatic approach rooted in her Dutch-American heritage.
Hartog-Levin serves as a board member to a variety of institutions in the Netherlands and the United States. She is a member of the Netherland-America Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the bonds between the Netherlands and the United States in the fields of business, the arts, science, education and public affairs.
She and her husband, Daniel Levin, created the “Hartog-Levin Fellowship” to send an American student to the Netherlands for post-graduate study as a NAF-Fulbright scholar. As a board member of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis museum, she also works to enhance cultural exchange between this premier Dutch museum and American counterparts.
A Distinguished Fellow and board member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she works to bring world leaders and foreign officials together with representatives of the business, government, academic and non-profit sectors of Illinois.
A member of the board of the Roosevelt Institute, Hartog-Levin plays a crucial role in the Institute’s Four Freedoms Awards. The Four Freedom Awards honor individuals whose lives show a commitment to the principles President Roosevelt proclaimed as essential to democracy: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
Her impact also extends to Illinois where she has held positions with the Columbia College of Chicago, the Merit School of Music, the Arts Alliance of Illinois, DePaul University, University of Chicago Law School, the Harvey and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and WTTW Chicago Public Media.
“Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin is an American who is deeply rooted in her Dutch heritage. Her commitment to a strong bilateral relationship between the birthplace of her parents and her home is exemplary,” said Ambassador Henne Schuwer. “She graciously gives her expertise, support and friendship to make the Netherlands and the United States better places, be it assisting in the visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to Chicago in 2015 or facilitating student exchange programs to the Netherlands, the Dutch have a great friend in Ambassador Hartog-Levin.”