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Sherrie Westin          

President at Sesame Workshop

As President of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, Sherrie Westin leads the efforts to serve vulnerable children through mass media and targeted initiatives in the United States and around the world.

Under Westin's leadership, Sesame Workshop spearheaded a partnership with the International Rescue Committee to bring critical early education to children in the Syrian response region, which was awarded the MacArthur Foundation’s first ever $100 million grant, creating the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response. This work has expanded to reach children affected by crisis in Bangladesh, East Africa, Latin America, and those who have been forcibly displaced from Afghanistan and Ukraine.

Westin first joined Sesame Workshop as an executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She later became its head of global philanthropy. She has held leadership positions in media, nonprofit, and public service. She served as Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs for President George H.W. Bush, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, and held senior positions at the ABC Television Network and U.S. News & World Report.

Westin has been was named a “Leading Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy Magazine; one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”; and been recognized with the Smithsonian’s “American Ingenuity Award” and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal for Citizen Leadership. She was also named to Forbes' "50 Over 50" list in 2023.

She chairs the Board of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and serves on the boards of the U.S. Global Leadership Council, Communities In Schools, and Vital Voices Global Partnership, and leadership council of the Early Childhood Education Action Network. Westin is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council.

Westin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia College.


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