Our Leadership

We need strong, forward-thinking leaders to achieve our mission of helping kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. And we have them—a team of accomplished professionals who are all focused on one thing: helping kids.

Board of Trustees

Jane D. Hartley

Chairman, Board of Trustees
Sesame Workshop
Former Ambassador to France and the Principality of Monaco

Jeffrey D. Dunn

Executive Chairman
Sesame Workshop

Joan Ganz Cooney

Co-Founder and Lifetime Honorary Trustee
Sesame Workshop

Lloyd N. Morrisett

Co-Founder and Lifetime Honorary Trustee
Sesame Workshop

Jeffrey N. Watanabe

Retired Founder
Watanabe Ing LLP

*Former Chairman

Steve Youngwood

Chief Executive Officer
Ex Officio Member of the Board
Sesame Workshop

Varun Chandra

Managing Partner
Hakluyt & Company

Milton Chen, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Emeritus
The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Lee Eastman

Partner
Eastman & Eastman

Kathleen G. Elsesser

Global Chair Consumer Retail and Healthcare Groups, Investment Banking Division
Goldman Sachs

Marlene Hess

Former Managing Director
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Inc.

Frans Hijkoop

Former Executive Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer
MetLife, Inc.

Amy Beth Jordan, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Paul Lindley OBE

Founder
Ella's Kitchen
 

Jenna Mack

Executive Producer and Host
In the Grey

Michael G. Manasse

President and Chief Operating Officer
Peterson Management LLC

Gabrielle Sulzberger   

General Partner 
Rustic Canyon / Fontis Partners LP

Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder and President
The Young Women's Leadership Network

Jeffrey Weiss

Principal
Five Forty Investments

Global Advisory

Vincent Mai

Chairman

Tony Blinken

Jane D. Hartley

Hosh Ibrahim

Deborah Lehr

Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Denis McDonough

Adm. Mike Mullen

Cathy Russell

Mary Menell Zients

Leadership Council

Our Leadership Council is composed of individuals representing a variety of industries, regional perspectives, and professional expertise dedicated to Sesame Workshop’s mission. Members provide thought leadership, serve as ambassadors, and support Sesame Workshop by sharing their time, treasure, knowledge, and networks to engage the broader community.

Jason Graefe

Co-Chair
VP, Strategic Adviser and Chief of Staff for the CEO
Microsoft

Robert Tichio

Co-Chair
Partner and Managing Director
Riverstone Holdings

Mariam Alsikafi

Chairman of the Board
Citizens Archive

Jenna Arnold

Chief Impact Officer
Rethink

Erica Blob

Partner and Chief Operating Officer
Brighton Park Capital

Margaret Chi

Philanthropist

Drew Collins

Associate Research Scholar
Yale University

Irene Hong Edwards

Principal and Head of Investor Relations
Lovell Minnick Partners

Peter Friedland

Managing Partner
Audax Holdings

Laura Heintz

Founder
Chrysalis Interiors

Katie Hockmeyer

Executive VP of Late Night Programming
NBC Entertainment

Kim Klimczak

Philanthropist

Tyler Lewis

MBA Candidate
Harvard Business School

Michelle Marra

Consultant
Smartstream RDU

Patrick McGinnis

Founder
Dirigo Advisors

Tai Mendoza

Former Litigator

Krista Milam

Customer Experience Leader
LinkedIn

Brette Wolff Ottavino

Philanthropist

Akhil Paul

Investor and Advisor
Caparo Group

Sarah Richardson

Associate
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Florence Ann Romano

Founder and CEO
Kindred Content

Lindsay Shookus

Producer
Saturday Night Live

Anita Tandon

Marketing Advisor and Startup Confidant
Blink Advisory

Maya Aishman Tichio

Board of Directors
Fairfield County's Community Foundation

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