Larry Levine was born and raised in Schenectady, New York. For three years he was a leader of his high school Model UN program, and he was an AFS exchange student in Italy. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University, received a Masters in Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and did doctoral work in educational administration at Columbia University.
Levine served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in rural Brazil, doing grassroots community organizing work, was also a program planner and trainer for Peace Corps in Brazil, and then was the Director of a community development program in the rural south region of the U.S.
He moved to the Monterey Peninsula of California in 1981, and there has been a Financial Consultant at a major investment firm, operated a small company called Far Flung Corners, importing handicrafts and handmade jewelry from developing countries, and has served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations and local government agencies.
Levine has always been involved in volunteer community leadership positions. He served as President of the Refugee Services Program of the Monterey Bay Area, and then spent several years as a United Way volunteer, board member and president. He continues to serve as the longtime chair of flood control efforts for the Lower Carmel River, following the destructive floods of 1995, and he is a 29-year member and current Program Chair and President-Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Monterey.
His principal focus in recent years has been as President of the local United Nations Association Chapter in Monterey County, since 1999. He has led the Chapter to become the largest in the United States, with approximately 800 diverse dues-paying members in Monterey County. This group puts on several major community events on world affairs each year, highlighted by its international documentary film festival at the Golden State Theatre, which is now in its 12th year, and chaired by Levine. He served eight years on the national UNA-USA Board of Directors, including four years as the National Chair of all the grassroots Chapters and members. He has chaired or helped plan various UNA-USA national conventions and conferences. Most recently, he also chaired the Working Group on Chapter and Membership Issues during the work on the strategic alliance between UNA-USA and the United Nations Foundation.