Michael H. Levine

Executive Director, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Michael H. Levine is the founding director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, an action research and innovation institute devoted to harnessing the potential of digital media to advance young children's learning and development. Previously, Dr. Levine oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York's groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media and primary grades reform, and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool and early childhood initiatives. Dr. Levine is a frequent adviser to the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and regularly appears in the media. He was named by Working Mother magazine as one of America's most influential leaders in shaping family and children's policy and serves on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory councils, including We Are Family Foundation, the Forum for Youth Investment and Teach For America