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

Ms. Jane D. Hartley

Chairman of the Board, Sesame Workshop 
Former Ambassador to France & Monaco 
Board of Trustees, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 
Board of Trustees, Center for American Progress 
Board of Overseers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
Member, Visiting Committee, Executive Committee at Kennedy School at Harvard University 
Co-Chair, 2018 House Victory Project

Ms. Joan Ganz Cooney

Co-Founder & Lifetime Honorary Trustee
Sesame Workshop

Mr. Lloyd N. Morrisett

Co-Founder & Lifetime Honorary Trustee
Sesame Workshop

Jeffrey N. Watanabe, Esq.

Former Chairman of the Board
Sesame Workshop
Retired Founder Watanabe Ing LLP

Mr. Jeffrey D. Dunn

President and Chief Executive Officer
Sesame Workshop

Mr. Varun Chandra

Managing Partner, Hakluyt & Company

Milton Chen, Ph.D.

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

Mr. Lee Eastman

Eastman & Eastman

Ms. Kathleen G. Elsesser

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

Ms. Marlene Hess

Board Chair, International Women's Health Coalition
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Inc.

Mr. Frans Hijkoop

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

Dr. Amy Beth Jordan

School of Communication and Information
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Paul Lindley OBE

Ella's Kitchen

Ms. Jenna Mack

Executive Producer and Host of In the Grey

Mr. Michael G. Manasse

President and Chief Operating Officer
Peterson Management LLC

Ms. Gabrielle Sulzberger   

General Partner 
Rustic Canyon / Fontis Partners LP

Ms. Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder and President
The Young Women's Leadership Network

Mr. Jeffrey Weiss

Five Forty Investments

Global Advisory

Vincent Mai


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


Robert Tichio


Mariam Alsikafi

Jenna Arnold

Erica Blob

Margaret Chi

Drew Collins

Irene Hong Edwards

Peter Friedland

Laura Heintz

Katie Hockmeyer

Kim Klimczak

Tyler Lewis

Michelle Marra

Patrick McGinnis

Tai Mendoza

Krista Milam

Brette Wolff Ottavino

Sarah Richardson

Florence Ann Romano

Lindsay Shookus

Anita Tandon

Maya Tichio