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Our Leadership

The people in our neighborhood.

We need strong, forward-thinking leaders to achieve our mission of helping children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

And we have them — a team of accomplished professionals who are all focused on one thing: helping children.

Founders & Operations

Operations Team

Senior Management

International Management

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Gabrielle Sulzberger, General Partner, Rustic Canyon / Fontis Partners LP

Gabrielle Sulzberger

Chair – Board of Trustees, Sesame Workshop, Senior Advisor at Two Sigma and Centerbridge Partners

Varun Chandra, Managing Partner, Hakluyt & Company

Varun Chandra

Managing Partner, Hakluyt & Company

Thasunda Brown Duckett, Chief Executive Officer, TIAA

Thasunda Brown Duckett

Chief Executive Officer, TIAA

Lee Eastman, Partner, Eastman & Eastman

Lee Eastman

Partner, Eastman & Eastman

Kathleen G. Elsesser, Global Chair Consumer Retail and Healthcare Groups, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs

Kathleen G. Elsesser

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

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management and Senior, Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Frans Hijkoop, Chair, Board of Trustees

Frans Hijkoop

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

Valerie Jarrett, Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of Chicago Law School

Valerie Jarrett

Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of Chicago Law School

Dr. Amy Beth Jordan, Professor and Chair of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Amy Beth Jordan

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

Paul Lindley OBE

Founder, Ella’s Kitchen

Jenna Mack, Executive Producer and Host, In the Grey

Jenna Mack

Executive Producer and Host, In the Grey

Michael G. Manasse, President and Chief Operating Officer, Peterson Management LLC.

Michael G. Manasse

President and Chief Operating Officer, Peterson Management LLC

Miriam Rivera, CEO, Co-Founder and Managing Director Ulu Ventures

Miriam Rivera

CEO, Co-Founder and Managing Director Ulu Ventures

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

President Emerita, Spelman College

Ann Rubenstein Tisch, Founder and President, The Young Women's Leadership Network

Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder and President, The Young Women’s Leadership Network

Jeffrey Weiss, Principal, Five Forty Investments

Jeffrey Weiss

Principal, Five Forty Investments

Global Advisory

Global Advisory

Gabrielle Sulzberger

Chair, Board of Trustees, Sesame Workshop
Senior Advisor at Two Sigma and Centerbridge Partners

Tom Donilon

Chairman, BlackRock Investment Institute
Former National Security Advisor to President Obama

Hosh Ibrahim

Board Director
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Deborah Lehr

CEO and Founding Partner
Basilinna

Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Co-Founder
Higherlife Foundation

Luis Alberto Moreno

Managing Director, Allen & Co LLC
Former President, 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

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, Chair

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

Mariam Alsikafi, Chairman of the Board

Citizens Archive

Jenna Arnold, Author & Activist
Erica Blob, Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Brighton Park Capital

Irene Hong Edwards, Principal and Head of Investor Relations

Lovell Minnick Partners

Peter Friedland, Managing Partner

Audax Holdings

Michelle Marra, Consultant

Smartstream RDU

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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Our Careers
Sesame Workshop isn’t just a nonprofit educational organization like no other — it’s also a great place to work. We’re always looking for more good people to help us bring learning and laughter to children everywhere.
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Support Our Mission
Individual donors can have a major impact—and we love to partner with like-minded organizations.
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