As Executive Vice President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, Sherrie Westin runs the philanthropic arm of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, overseeing Sesame’s social impact work targeting vulnerable children in countries around the world, from Sub-Saharan Africa to India to the United States.
Sesame has consistently delivered measureable results providing critical educational resources to those who need it most. Ms. Westin is also responsible for all philanthropic development to support these programs. Westin previously served as the Workshop’s Chief Marketing Officer.
Westin joined the Workshop from ABC, where she served as Executive Vice President of Network Communications. Ms. 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.
Westin currently serves as a director of the U.S Fund for UNICEF, the U.S Global Leadership Coalition, Communities in Schools and a trustee of Mt. Holyoke College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council. She received the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications and holds an honorary doctorate from Concordia College in New York. 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.