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

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Frans Hijkoop

Chair, Board of Trustees
Sesame Workshop
Former Executive Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer
MetLife, Inc.

Steve Youngwood

Steve Youngwood

Chief Executive Officer
Ex Officio Member of the Board
Sesame Workshop

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Jeffrey N. Watanabe

Retired Founder
Watanabe Ing LLP

*Former Chairman

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Varun Chandra

Managing Partner
Hakluyt & Company

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Thasunda Brown Duckett

Chief Executive Officer

Lee Eastman

Lee Eastman

Eastman & Eastman

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Kathleen G. Elsesser

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

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Carla Harris

Vice Chairman
Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor
Morgan Stanley

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Marlene Hess

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

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Valerie Jarrett

Distinguished Senior Fellow
University of Chicago Law School

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Dr. Amy Beth Jordan

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

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Paul Lindley OBE

Ella's Kitchen

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Jenna Mack

Executive Producer and Host
In the Grey

Michael Manasse

Michael G. Manasse

President and Chief Operating Officer
Peterson Management LLC

Miriam Rivera

Miriam Rivera

CEO, Co-Founder and Managing Director Ulu Ventures

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Gabrielle Sulzberger   

General Partner 
Rustic Canyon / Fontis Partners LP

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Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

President Emerita
Spelman College

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Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder and President
The Young Women's Leadership Network

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Jeffrey Weiss

Five Forty Investments

Global Advisory

Vincent Mai

Chairman, Global Advisory Group
Sesame Workshop
Global Chairman and CEO
The Cranemere Group Limited

*Former Chairman

Frans Hijkoop

Chair, Board of Trustees
Sesame Workshop
Former Executive Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer
MetLife, Inc.

Tom Donilon

BlackRock Institute
Former National Security Advisor to President Obama 

Michele Flournoy

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
WestExec Advisors
Former Undersecretary of State of Defense for Policy under President Obama

Hosh Ibrahim

Board Director
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Deborah Lehr

CEO and Founding Partner

Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Higherlife Foundation

Luis Alberto Moreno

Former Colombia Ambassador to the U.S.
Former President of the Inter-American Development Bank

Adm. Mike Mullen

17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mary Menell Zients

Co-Fouder and Chairman
Urban Alliance Foundation

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

VP, Strategic Adviser and Chief of Staff for the CEO

Mariam Alsikafi

Chairman of the Board
Citizens Archive

Jenna Arnold

Author & Activist

Erica Blob

Partner and Chief Operating Officer
Brighton Park Capital

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

Michelle Marra

Smartstream RDU

Patrick McGinnis

Dirigo Advisors

Tai Mendoza

Former Litigator

Sarah Richardson

Senior Litigation Counsel
W. L. Gore & Associates

Florence Ann Romano

Founder and CEO
Kindred Content

Anita Tandon

Marketing Advisor and Startup Confidant
Blink Advisory

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