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, overseeing Sesame’s social impact work targeting vulnerable children in countries around the world, from Nigeria to India to the United States.
Sesame has consistently delivered measureable results to over 50 million children worldwide, 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. She came to Sesame from ABC, where she served as Executive Vice President of Network Communications. Westin’s career includes public policy and communications positions in the public and private sectors. She served in the White House 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 on the board of directors of the US Fund for UNICEF, the US Global Leadership Coalition, Communities in Schools and the board of trustees of Mt. Holyoke College. She is a member of the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. She received the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications and holds an honorary degree 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.