As Executive Vice President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, Sherrie Rollins Westin runs the philanthropic arm of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. Westin is responsible for the Workshop’s philanthropic development efforts, as well as overseeing all social impact productions and community engagement initiatives. She formerly served as Sesame Workshop’s Chief Marketing Officer.
Westin came to the Workshop from ABC, where she served as Executive Vice President of Network Communications from 1994 to 1998. In this capacity, she oversaw all communications activities for the ABC Television Network, including the news, entertainment, sports, daytime, and children’s programming divisions and related businesses, such as affiliate relations, network sales, marketing and research.
Westin’s career includes public policy and communications positions in the public and private sectors. In 1992, she served in the first Bush White House as Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1989, she was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also served as Senior Vice President for U.S. News and World Report and The Atlantic Monthly and as Executive Producer of the U.S. News Debate Series on CNBC.
Westin currently serves on the board of directors of the United States Fund for UNICEF, the board of directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the board of directors of Communities in Schools, the board of trustees of Mt. Holyoke College and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received the 2009 Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications for marketing and communications and an honorary degree from Concordia College in New York in 2014. She holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Virginia. Westin lives in Bronxville, New York with her husband, David, and children, Lily and David.