Category: Board Members

Allyson Wiener

Allyson Wiener

Allyson is involved in a variety of charities in New York. She runs the Allyson & Andrew Wiener Fund for Brain Tumor Research and is actively in involved in FACES at NYU Langone Hospital. She also serves as a parent advocate at NYU and on the Parent Action Committee. Allyson is a founding Board member of the New York REN’s where she established a partnership between the REN’s and St. Francis College to provide free tutoring and SAT prep to all of the participating students. Before focusing on philanthropy Allyson held a variety of positions at Condé Nast. She graduated from the University of Michigan where she serves as an Alumni Recruiter. Allyson believes that true power lies in the ability to share your story with the world.

Tamsin Smith

Tamsin is a poet, essayist, cultural entrepreneur and social impact innovator. As founder of the creative/strategic consultancy,, she helps brands and individuals make realities of good ideas that matter to the world. She was President of (PRODUCT) RED, an initiative that she launched with Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise funds and awareness for the fight against AIDS in Africa. She is a fellow at the Aspen Institute and frequently contributes to the Huffington Post.

Helen Tsanos Sheinman

Helen Tsanos Sheinman

Helen began her career in London in the luxury travel business. She later moved to NYC and trained and taught as a Montessori teacher for over a decade. Helen has authored an internationally celebrated memoir and Greek-Cypriot cookbook called Love Laughter and Lunch. She has held Board positions at NABU.ORG and Girls Learn International and currently serves on the Board of the Concert Artists Guild. Helen earned a BA in Greek Literature and Philosophy from Kings College London.

Jonice Padilha

Jonice owns and runs one of New York’s most celebrated salons, catering to celebrities including Roberta Flack, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vanessa Williams and Christy Turlington. She is active raising money for children around the world and for cancer research and hosts a charity event each year at the salon.

Alan Murray

Alan is CEO of Fortune. He oversees the business and editorial operations of the media company, and is known for expanding its digital and conference franchises.  Murray also writes a closely-read daily newsletter, the Fortune CEO Daily, that often addresses issues of corporate governance. Previously, Murray led the rapid expansion of the Pew Research Center’s digital footprint as president of that organization. He also was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for more than two decades and wrote Revolt in the Boardroom and three other books.

Michele Mitchell

Michele Mitchell

Michele is an award-winning political correspondent who worked for NOW with Bill Moyers on PBS, covering politics, the environment and elections. She was the political anchor for CNN Headline News and has covered stories in Afghanistan, West Bank, Nepal, Libya, Jordan and throughout the U.S. She is the author of numerous op-ed pieces and three books, including the novel Our Girl in Washington. A graduate of Northwestern University, she began her career on Capitol Hill as communications director for Rep. Pete Geren. She is now executive editor of Film@11 Media, with a total audience of 10 million.

Graham Messick

Eight-time Emmy Award-winning producer for 60 Minutes, Graham has produced nearly 70 stories for the iconic show working with correspondents Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley and the late Ed Bradley. Notable stories include investigations into the CIA’s rendition program, the BP oil spill, and a Peabody Award-winning examination of Cyber Security, which uncovered the first confirmed attack on a major city’s electrical grid.

Susan Hoenig, VP and Secretary

Among Hollywood’s top TV producers, Susan has produced shows for Discovery, National Geographic, Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS. She received an Emmy nomination for Undercover Boss.

Melanie Grisanti, Treasurer

Melanie is a production executive for kids’ media in NYC. She currently oversees production of Sesame Workshop’s award-winning creative content, including Sesame Street, Esme and Roy, and two new series that will launch on Apple’s streaming service. Prior to joining Sesame, she served as VP of Production for National Geographic Kids Entertainment and produced acclaimed animated series for Cartoon Pizza/Jumbo Pictures, including Stanley (Playhouse Disney) and Doug (original Nickelodeon and Disney).

Cleo Godsey

Cleo is a digital media professional currently at Salesforce, Cleo focuses on digital brand strategy with expertise in e-commerce and mobile commerce product development. She previously worked as head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) E-Commerce Strategic Planning for Estée Lauder Companies Europe, based in Munich, Germany. Prior to Estée Lauder, she worked for leading independent New York film distributors in the areas of sales, acquisitions and digital brand development. Cleo is a Yale and NYU graduate.