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 Overseers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Member, Visiting Committee, Executive Committee and the Dean’s Council at Kennedy School at Harvard University

Ms. Joan Ganz Cooney

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee
Sesame Workshop

Mr. Lloyd N. Morrisett

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board
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

Partner, Hakluyt & Company
Partner, West Arrow

Milton Chen, Ph.D.

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

Mr. Lee Eastman

Partner
Eastman & Eastman

Mr. Adam Frankel

General Counsel
CBAM Partners, LLC

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.

Ms. Rachel Hines

Former Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Inc.
Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Amy Beth Jordan

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

Paul Lindley OBE

Founder
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. Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder and President
The Young Women's Leadership Network

Mr. Jeffrey Weiss

Principal
Five Forty Investments

Global Advisory

Vincent Mai

Chairman

Tony Blinkin

Jane D. Hartley

Hosh Ibrahim

Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Denis McDonough

Adm. Mike Mullen

Cathy Russell

Mary 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

Robert Tichio

Co-Chair

Cherie Alcoff

Mariam Alsikafi

Erica Blob

Margaret Chi

Drew Collins

Irene Hong Edwards

Peter Friedland

Laura Heintz

Katie Hockmeyer

Kim Klimczak

Tyler Lewis

Michelle Marra

Patrick McGinnis

Krista Milam

Florence Ann Romano

Lindsay Shookus

Anita Tandon

Maya Tichio