Leyna Lightman attended Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts. She began her career as a producer for public radio and spent the past decade in museum education departments designing events, curriculum and digital content for institutions like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Currently she curates live programs in Los Angeles with partners like The Getty, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Big City Forum, Community Arts Resources, Palm Springs Art Museum, Blue Sky Center for Sustainable Living, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, civic entities, brilliant local artists, innovative food producers, farmers and more. Leyna's programs are immersive and often include themes like community, transit, the human senses, the natural world, agriculture and food. 


‘’Leyna Lightman is a joy to work with and has had an enormous impact on our project and its contributors.  Leyna's super power is helping groups of people find their shared vision.  I have personally observed her connect deeply with people of widely divergent personalities, bridge communication gaps between our project and the wider arts world, and inspire curiosity in every interaction.’’

-Dave Leon, LCSW, Founding Director of Painted Brain.