Shadrach Kisten

Chief Technology Officer, Technology Engineering

Shadrach Kisten

Shadrach Kisten serves as Senior Vice President, CTO of the Technology Engineering group for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street.

Kisten came to the Workshop in 2011 as Vice President of Information Technology, Infrastructure, and Operations. In 2013, he was promoted to Vice President, Information Technology, leading the entire IT function. He was further promoted to SVP in 2015, corresponding with an expansion in his role to incorporate digital media engineering. In 2018, he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. As a member of the Senior leadership he is responsible for developing the overall technology and engineering vision for the company, driving cross-company multi-faceted technology initiatives and solutions to meet the operational and business objectives of the company.  He has strategic and tactical oversight of Sesame Workshop’s technical operations, network and systems engineering, cloud infrastructure, digital media engineering, content, client services, and project management functional groups.

Before joining the Workshop, Kisten spent nine years at NBC/MSNBC in various engineering and leadership positions. In his over fifteen years in the media and entertainment space, Kisten has won multiple technical awards and recognition in engineering design and innovation.

Kisten earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from City College, School of Engineering, City University of New York.  He obtained his Masters in Computer Science with distinction from Long Island University, New York.

He lives in Highland Mills, New York with his wife, Letty and two sons, Dimitri and Nataniel.

Contact for Speaking Engagements

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