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

Deborah Dugan
Featured in Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” and named by ELLE as one of the “Top Women to Help Change the World," Deborah Dugan joined AIDS organization (RED) as CEO in 2011 following her 8-year tenure as President of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

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.

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.

Lawrence C. Burstein
Larry Burstein is a leader in the magazine media industry who has championed innovation at some of its most celebrated titles. Since 2003, he has served as publisher of the groundbreaking magazine New York and its popular digital properties, including Vulture and the Cut.

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.

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.

Eric Green
Eric Green co-heads Middle Market Capital, at Muznich & Co and has over 25 years experience investing in middle market companies. He graduated from Wabash College and received his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Tony Hendra
Tony Hendra began his career with John Cleese and Graham Chapman, edited National Lampoon, starred in This Is Spinal Tap and was Editor-in-Chief of Spy. He has written or co-written numerous New York Times best-selling books.

Courtney Holt
Courtney Holt is the Head of for Maker Studios. He was formerly the President of MySpace Music & Marketing, and Executive Vice President of Digital Music for MTV Networks Music and Logo Group.

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.

Dr. Alan Manevitz
Alan Manevitz, M.D. has been recognized by the New York Times, New York Magazine, and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as one of the best doctors in America. He currently maintains a private psychiatry practice in New York City.

Joanne Ramos
Joanne Ramos began a career in investment banking before moving to journalism. She then joined The Economist where she wrote on finance, economics and banking. Joanne graduated magnum cum laude from Princeton University.

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

Eric Green

Mia Jung

Bonnie Levison

Amanda Low

Joanne Ramos

Michael Rothman

Melanie Shorin

Programming Committee

Neil Gaiman

George Dawes Green

Ari Handel

Brian Hecht

Tony Hendra

Courtney Holt

Nicole James

Molly Ringwald

Kathie Russo

Joe Sabia

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Melanie Shorin

Andrew Solomon

Judy Stone

Jenna Weiss-Berman

Education Committee

Kim Bendheim

Jen Bokoff

Joan D. Firestone

Alice Gottesman

George Dawes Green

Tony Hendra

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