Board & Committees

Founder

George Dawes Green
George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth and The Unchained Tour, is an internationally celebrated author whose critically acclaimed novels include The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror and Ravens. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Board Members

Co-Chair

Ari Handel
Ari Handel received a PhD in Neuroscience then left academia to become president of Protozoa Pictures where he has since worked as a writer and/or producer on The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan, and, most recently, Noah.

Co-Chair

Eric Green
Eric Green is a senior advisor to several private investment firms and has served on the boards and audit and compensation committees of over 20 public and private corporations. His nonprofit experience includes roles of Treasurer, finance committee chair and executive committee member of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and as a founding board member of The Hanger Foundation.

Serena Altschul
Serena Altschul is a television news journalist who has produced and been a correspondent for MTV, CNN and CBS since 1993. She is the winner of two Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow award. Serena is the co-founder of the creative agency Disruptive Media Lab. In addition to The Moth, she serves on the Boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, and the Lowline.

Deborah Dugan
Deborah Dugan is a chief strategist for Social Impact at Handshake Consulting. Prior to this, she served as CEO of (RED), President of Disney Publishing, and CEO of the Recording Academy. Featured in Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women,” named by ELLE as “Top Women to Help Change the World," Deborah, with (RED), also received PTTOW’s “Nelson Mandela’s Change- Maker Award.”

Joan D. Firestone
Joan D. Firestone retired as Executive Director of the Moth in 2013. She served in executive positions in government and the non-profit sector in support of the arts and education throughout her career.

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Gabrielle Glore
Gabrielle Glore is a content creator shaping projects under the GLORIFIED production banner. Her forthcoming narrative feature, Sylvie’s Love (Producer), acquired out of Sundance by Amazon Studios, premieres December 2020. Gabrielle serves as a consulting producer for WarnerMedia 150, focused on sourcing and developing stories differently for the company’s portfolio of brands. She is the Festival Director for Urbanworld, which provides a platform for inclusive storytellers from around the globe.  In addition to The Moth, she serves as a Board Member of MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) in Brooklyn, NY.

Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. During his three decades at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, memoirs, critical essays, and reported pieces from at home and abroad. His many books include "The Table Comes First", "Paris To The Moon","Through The Children's Gate " and , most recently, " At The Strangers' Gate." A musical , written in collaboration with the composer David Shire, " The Most Beautiful Room In New York" , opened last May at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, and his one man show "The Gates" , based on material developed with The Moth, played for a sold out week at New York's Public Theater in January.

Alice Gottesman
Alice Gottesman, a goldsmith and mom of three, supports programs that offer students opportunities to engage in creative thinking and self expression. Alice promotes design thinking through her involvement on the board of the Cooper Hewitt and is also chairman of the board at the JCC in Manhattan.

Daniel Green
Former journalist Daniel Green is a senior advisor for policy, advocacy and communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, currently based at the Foundation’s Africa headquarters in Johannesburg. Dan led the launch of the foundation’s annual Goalkeepers Data Report and new partnerships with The Moth, Participant Media, Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship, Solutions Journalism Network, Stand-Up Planet with Hasan Minhaj, among numerous others.

Courtney Holt
Courtney Holt serves as Global Head of Spotify Studios. He oversees the direction and development of Spotify’s global studios strategy including premium video content, podcasts and other original audio content, finding unique ways to connect consumers with culture through unique and differentiated content. Prior to joining Spotify in 2017, he was EVP, Advanced Media Strategy at The Walt Disney Company and has held senior roles at Maker Studios, News Corp. Digital, MySpace, Viacom and Universal Music, and began his career as a producer and director of music videos and commercials.

Lisa Hughes
Lisa Stewart Hughes is a speaker, author, advocate and lawyer with decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry. She currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer for Endeavor Group Holdings (formerly WME-IMG). Prior to joining Endeavor, she held several senior legal roles at NBCUniversal Media and Telemundo Enterprises and served on the Boards of Directors for Embrace Music Foundation and the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program. Lisa lives in the Bronx with her daughter, Kora and cat, Azuki.

Chenjerai Kumanyika
Chenjerai Kumanyika is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Media at Rutgers University who also commits acts of podcasting and organizing. His research and teaching focus on power, race, and promotional culture in the cultural and creative industries. In addition to being a proud Moth storyteller, Chenjerai Co-created and Co-hosted Gimlet Media’s Peabody award-winning Uncivil podcast and co-hosts on Scene on Radio’s widely influential seasons on “Seeing White,” and the history of American democracy. His writing appears in a variety of scholarly and journalistic outlets. Chenjerai organizes with 215 People's Alliance, the Media, Inequality, & Change Center, Philadelphia Debt Collective and continues to serve on Street Poets' board.

Anne Maffei
Anne Maffei is a Managing Director at Eagle Capital Management, and was CEO & President of Vista Research. Anne started her career in investment banking and corporate development, and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Maybel Marte
Maybel Marte is a Managing Director and Head of US Leveraged Finance Product Strategy within BlackRock’s Global Credit Group, focusing on developing credit solutions for institutional and retail clients alike, as well as marketing and client service, globally. Prior to joining BlackRock in September 2017, Ms. Marte was a Senior Vice President at PIMCO in the US Institutional Client Management group. While at PIMCO from 2010 to 2016, Ms. Marte was responsible for servicing and marketing to large corporations, multi-national agencies and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining PIMCO in early 2010, Ms. Marte held positions in fixed income institutional sales for nearly 10-years, the majority of which was spent at Goldman Sachs in Leveraged Finance Group, focused on distressed issuers. Ms. Marte received her Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics, cum laude, from Wellesley College. She has served on the Board of Directors of SEO (Seizing Every Opportunity) for nearly 20 years. In her free time, Maybel enjoys attending Yankees games, trying a new recipe and spending time with her two children.

Joanne Ramos
Joanne Ramos is an author. Her debut novel, THE FARM, was published by Random House in May 2019. Prior to turning to fiction, she was a staff writer at The Economist. Before this, she worked in finance--in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and as the first female investment professional at Thomas H. Lee Partners, the Boston-based private-equity firm. Joanne is a graduate of Princeton University. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Melanie Shorin
Melanie Shorin is Co-Founder of The Narrative Trust, conducting oral history interviews with institutions, families and individuals for nearly a decade. She began her career as a journalist and radio host.

Roger Skelton
Roger Skelton is a legal and financial expert in the recorded music industry. He has decades of entertainment law and business experience, and is currently a Senior Vice President with Sony Music Entertainment’s RCA Records Label.

Development Committee

Sarah Cole

Gabrielle Glore

Eric Green

Mia Jung

Bonnie Levison

Amanda Low

Nina Patterson

Joanne Ramos

Michael Rothman

Melanie Shorin

Stephanie Torre

Artistic Council

Oskar Eustis

George Dawes Green

Ari Handel

Courtney Holt

Lisa Hughes

Chenjerai Kumanyika

Nicole James

Molly Ringwald

Jordan Rodman

Kathie Russo

Joe Sabia

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Melanie Shorin

Andrew Solomon

Judy Stone

Jenna Weiss-Berman

Carmen Rita Wong

Finance Committee

Eric Green

Roger Skelton

Anne Maffei

Maybel Marte

Education Committee

Kim Bendheim

Jen Bokoff

Joan D. Firestone

Alice Gottesman

George Dawes Green

Ariel Hyatt

Elizabeth Kaufman

Dr. Alan Manevitz

David T. Montgomery

Nancy Smithner

Founding Board Members

Nell Casey

Melvin Estrella

George Dawes Green

Sheri Holman

Judy Stone

Pegi Vail

Founding Advisors

Scott Asen

Tessa Blake

Bliss Broyard

Jenn Coonce

Alexander Daniel Roy

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Susan Towers