Steve YoungwoodChief Executive Officer, Sesame Workshop
Steve Youngwood is Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop, leading the nonprofit educational organization to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. He directs the Workshop’s global efforts to provide impactful early learning through a broad variety of media as well as targeted social impact and research initiatives that address a wide range of critical issues facing children and families around the world.
From 2015-2020, Youngwood served as Sesame Workshop’s President of Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer, supervising the organization’s global distribution, product licensing, themed entertainment, and educational services while driving overall strategy and managing key functions including press, marketing, and digital production. He led the dramatic expansion of the Workshop’s programming slate beyond the iconic Sesame Street with award-winning new shows Esme & Roy, Helpsters, Ghost Writer, family CNN Town Halls, documentary series, a broad slate of short-form, and additional content in development. The Workshop now produces more content and more types of content than at any time in its 50+ year history.
Youngwood was key in forging partnerships with WarnerMedia, CNN, and Apple, while growing Sesame Workshop’s ties with PBS and leading its expansion into digital learning with Homer and formal learning with McGraw-Hill. He also supervised the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent research and thought leadership subsidiary of the Workshop.
Internationally, Youngwood was influential in significantly expanding Sesame Workshop’s brand presence in China as well as signaling a vigorous commitment to grow the brand and operations in Europe and Latin America with the creation of a new General Manager posts there.