Sherrie Westin serves as Executive Vice President for Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, addressing the needs of children from India to South Africa to the United States.
Westin oversees programs designed to provide access to early education in places like Afghanistan and India, critical health lessons in Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan Africa, and tools to help vulnerable children and families cope with serious challenges in the United States and around the world.
Westin’s career spans media, private sector, non-profit, and public service. She served as Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs for President George H.W. Bush, as well as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also held senior positions at ABC Television Network and U.S. News and World Report.
Westin is a board member for the United States Fund for UNICEF, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and Communities in Schools, and is a trustee of Mt. Holyoke College. She is also a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council and was named a 2016 Leading Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine. As a passionate spokesperson for the importance of early education, Westin has recently spoken at the White House, the World Humanitarian Summit, Women Deliver, Cannes Lions, and the Global Poverty Project. Westin holds an honorary doctorate from Concordia College and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Westin lives in Bronxville, New York, with her husband, David, and two children, Lily and David.