Michael H. Levine
Twitter handle: @mlevine_jgcc

Michael H. Levine is the founding executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The Center conducts research, builds multi-sector alliances, and catalyzes industry and policy reforms needed to advance high quality media experiences for all children. Levine serves on the senior team at Sesame Workshop where he focuses on educational initiatives and philanthropic partnerships for the global non-profit.

Prior to joining the Center, Levine was Vice President for Asia Society managing interactive media and educational initiatives to promote knowledge and understanding of other world regions and cultures.  Michael previously oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York’s groundbreaking work in early childhood development and educational media, and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention and afterschool programs.  Levine serves on several boards including the Forum for Youth Investment, We Are Family Foundation, Classroom, Inc, Journeys in Film, Woot Math and DigiLearn. He was named one of the United States’ 25 most influential leaders on family policy issues by Working Mother magazine.

Michael is a Pahara-Aspen Education Reform Fellow and a frequent adviser to the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.  He writes for professional and public affairs journals, including a column for Huffington Post and is a frequent keynote speaker at education and technology conferences around the world.  His new book co-authored with Lisa Guernsey, Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens was released in October 2015.  He received his PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University and his BS from Cornell University.