Katharine Raymond Hinton
Board Co-Chair, Board Secretary
Political Consultant and Writer
Katharine is a political consultant and writer. As a child, her best friends were books and newspapers, and they still are today. She joined the Literacy Partners board because of her life-long belief that everyone deserves the chance to read and to discover new worlds. Before moving to New York, Katharine was a senior adviser on crime and criminal justice to the British Prime Minister. Previously, she worked as a government adviser on welfare reform, youth employment, and justice. Before that, she was director of a think tank focused on social markets and spent several years as a journalist writing about new technology. A dual British and American citizen, she spends a lot of time traveling between New York and London. She believes the First Amendment is one of the finest things ever written.
CEO & President, XO Group, Inc.
Mike is president and CEO of XO Group, an internet and media company whose digital and media products include the flagship wedding brands The Knot, The Nest, and The Bump. Previously, Mike was chief executive officer of vente-privee USA, a luxury e-commerce company, and he spent more than four years as director of Google TV Ads and managing director of Google’s Emerging Platforms. When Mike learned that more than two million New Yorkers could not read at an eighth-grade level, he felt compelled contribute his time to Literacy Partners. “I love New York City and believe passionately in the importance of education and workforce development to giving all New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed,” he says. “I’m proud to do my part to help families in New York rise out of the cycle of poverty.”
Board Chairman Emeritus
Chairman & CEO, BLJ Worldwide
Born in England, Peter’s presence in the worlds of communications, entertainment, and music began when he became involved in the management of The Beatles. After Brian Epstein’s death, Peter assumed full managerial responsibility. Peter was also director of Apple Corps at its formation. Following the breakup of The Beatles, Peter became president and CEO of the Robert Stigwood Organisation, Inc., a New York-based film production and personal management company. In 1977, Peter formed the Entertainment Development Company. In 1983 he formed Brown & Powers, which is now the present-day BLJ Worldwide, a public relations firm with offices in New York and London.
Lee V. Eastman
Partner, Eastman & Eastman
Born and raised in New York City, Lee earned both his undergraduate degree and his Juris Doctor from Stanford University where he has served on the Board of Visitors and also guest lectured in the past. Lee is currently a partner at the law firm of Eastman & Eastman. He chairs the Literacy Partners Finance Committee.
Contributor, CBS Sunday Morning / Editor at Large, Ballantine Bantam Dell
Alina Cho is a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, the most watched Sunday morning program in the United States. She is also Editor at Large at Ballantine Bantam Dell, a division of Penguin Random House, where she is responsible for acquiring and editing fashion and lifestyle books, including the memoirs of Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karan. In addition, Ms. Cho hosts a lecture series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art called The Atelier with Alina Cho. Past guests include Anna Wintour, Donatella Versace, Alber Elbaz, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Olivier Rousteing of Balmain and Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. She is one of a handful of journalists to report from inside communist North Korea, covered the historic first election of President Barack Obama and was part of the Peabody and Emmy award-winning CNN team that covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to her work at CNN, Ms. Cho held various posts at ABC and CNBC. She earned an M.S. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a B.A. from Boston College. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Old Dominion University for her contributions to journalism.
Courtney joined the board of Literacy Partners in 2015, having seen how reading with her own young children influenced their language and vocabulary development. From 2004 to 2009, she worked for Thomson Reuters, where she was a relationship manager and client development executive. Previously, she was a key member of the private client services team for client training in the Americas at Credit Suisse First Boston/Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. An active volunteer, Courtney was an inaugural member of the Mount Sinai Parenting Center Advisory Board. She has also been a committee member and volunteer with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research, and Planned Parenthood of New York City.
Chief Strategy Officer, Dow Jones
Tracy is Chief Strategy Officer of Dow Jones, where she is responsible for corporate strategy, commercial policy and M&A. In her previous career in journalism, her roles included Editor in Chief of the Wall Street Journal, Europe; Editor of FT.com and Editor of the Financial Times’ Lex column. Tracy is passionate about the power of the written word and loves reading, but finds that, after many years as a professional journalist, she now mentally edits almost everything she reads.
Managing Partner, Participant Capital
Daniel Costello is a managing partner at Participant Capital, a leading merchant bank focused on global family capital. Daniel previously worked as SVP of global M&A and Strategy at News Corp. Under his leadership, News Corp completed over $2.5 billion of investments including the acquisitions of Move.com ($1B, US), Harlequin ($400M, CA), Unruly ($200M, UK), Wireless Group/Sports Talk ($200M, UK) and others. Daniel previously founded London-based research firm, Titan Advisers, which provided research and financial analysis to both corporate and large global institutional investment firms. Daniel worked for over a decade as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times as a financial journalist covering global economics, healthcare and politics. Daniel earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and Japanese, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Global Vice President, Revenue and Content Partnerships, Twitter
Matt Derella is Global Vice President of Revenue and Content Partnerships for Twitter, where his team collaborates with the world’s most iconic global brands to deliver business results and industry-leading creativity. In 2015, their work was recognized with over 70 Cannes Lions awards. Matt has spent more than 15 years working with brands to innovate across television and digital. Prior to joining Twitter in 2012, he was a director at Google, where he managed partnerships with large agencies and clients. “It’s within our power to make positive change,” says Matt, who embodies that motto as the founder of CAREOKE for the Kids, which has raised more than $1 million for kids with cancer. Find Matt on Twitter @Derella.
Managing Director & Deputy General Counsel, Maverick Capital
Mark currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel at Maverick Capital. He was previously a partner at the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, where he represented hedge funds and other private funds on various aspects of their business operations and legal needs. While at Ropes, Mark was also pro bono counsel to a number of educational nonprofits. When not wearing his lawyer hat, Mark is an avid photographer.
Director of Grow with Google, Google
Jesse Haines’s favorite book is The Snail and the Whale, but she is less snail and more gazelle: Jesse was a proud member of the Literacy Partners marathon team in 2015. She raises funds for the organization because, “every human being should have access to an education,” she says. Jesse leads the Google Goods team that designs and builds innovative accessories for Android and Nexus devices. Jesse was among the founding members of the Google TV Ads team and led the Google Display Network and YouTube B2B marketing teams. Previously, Jesse was vice president of brand development for Tommy Hilfiger’s womenswear division.
W. Ross Honey
President & CEO, TouchTunes
Ross is President and Chief Executive Officer of TouchTunes, the largest digital jukebox provider with over 65,000 locations in North America. Before TouchTunes, Ross was at Microsoft for ten years where he held a variety of roles primarily at Xbox, focused on transforming the console from a gaming device to an entertainment platform. As a Big Brother volunteer in Durham, North Carolina, Ross witnessed first-hand the impact of low-literacy households on children’s development and is pleased to be able to contribute to addressing the issue with Literacy Partners.
Lawrence A. Jacobs
Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Lawrence “Lon” Jacobs joined Las Vegas Sands Corp. in 2016 as executive vice president and general counsel. Previously, he was general counsel at Time Inc., during a rapid transformation of the storied media company. Before that, he served 6 of his 15 years at News Corporation as senior executive vice president and group general counsel, handling business development, securities, governance, and compliance, and supervising 300 international lawyers. A trustee of the New-York Historical Society, Lon never tires of reading about Abraham Lincoln, who overcame a childhood of grinding poverty and through his love of reading became America’s greatest statesman. “Poverty is the hardest obstacle to overcome, and the only realistic way out is through education, which comes from growing up in a family that loves reading,” he says.
John H. Josephson
Chairman & CEO, SESAC, Inc.
John has served since 2014 as chairman and CEO of SESAC, Inc.—the leading performing rights organization in the United States, which represents songwriters and publishers in their right to be compensated for having their music performed. He has been a director of the company since 1992. Previously, John was a managing director at Allen & Company LLC, a privately held merchant bank specializing in media mergers, acquisitions, and sales. John, who joined the Literacy Partners board in 1995, says, “I feel enormously satisfied when I see the positive impact we have on the quality of our students’ lives and how basic literacy skills change the equation for them as parents.” John has also served on the board and chaired Volunteers of America – Greater New York.
Senior Director of Talent Engagement, ASPCA
Leslie Klotz heads talent relations for the ASPCA, based in Los Angeles, and previously acted as a consultant for One Kings Lane, a home furnishings company. A seasoned public relations executive, Leslie has held top management positions at Banana Republic and Polo Ralph Lauren in New York City and Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. She also served as vice president of business development for Art + Commerce, a leading agency representing a diverse group of image makers. Leslie also sits on the boards of the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America and the Hamptons International Film Festival.
President, Business Insight Solutions, LexisNexis
Todd got hooked on Literacy Partners the first time he heard a testimonial from a student who had benefited from the organization. Reading is a lifelong passion for Todd, currently a group president at LexisNexis in NY. Previously, Todd was CEO of Blurb, a San Francisco-based technology company that enables people to self-publish books and magazines. Todd’s career began in the 1980’s, when he worked summer jobs for his local newspaper chain. From there he scaled the media world, becoming president of Dow Jones from 2010 to 2012, having grown the digital business of The Wall Street Journal from a near start-up into a $300-million engine for the company over 13 years. He later served as executive vice president and president of the news, entertainment and sports titles at Time Inc. “The reward to an individual of being able to read, after a lifetime of struggle with limited reading abilities, is very powerful,” he says.
Senior Legal and Investigative Correspondent, NBC News
Cynthia McFadden is the senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News where she reports on national security and a wide-range of other issues. She has been recognized with many of journalism’s most coveted awards including the Peabody, Dupont, Emmy, and Foreign Press Club Awards. Prior to NBC, she worked for 20 years at ABC, co-anchoring Nightline for ten years, and before that, as a co-anchor of Primetime. She has reported from Rwanda and Sierra Leone to Bosnia, El Salvador to China, Israel to South Africa, and Liberia to India. In addition to covering legal issues, her work focuses on human rights most particularly abuses faced by women and children. She has interviewed policy-makers and Presidents, celebrities and criminals. She holds a law degree from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College. A former member of the college’s governing board, Bowdoin recognized her with an honorary degree in 2013. In 2014 she received a Matrix Award as an outstanding woman in broadcasting. McFadden is a former co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
VP, Executive Editor, and Special Advisor to the Publisher, HarperCollins
Sara Nelson is VP, Executive Editor, and Special Advisor to the Publisher at HarperCollins. She was previously Editorial Director for Books at Amazon, Books Editor of O, the Oprah Magazine, and the Editor In Chief of Publishers Weekly. The author of So Many Books, So Little Time, a book about being a reader, Sara is passionate about reading and joined the Literacy Partners board to help spread that passion.
Sabastian V. Niles
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Sabastian V. Niles is a Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he advises boards and corporate executives on shareholder activism, takeover defense, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, relationships with institutional investors and activist hedge funds, overcoming short-termism in our capital markets, risk oversight, crisis preparedness and cybersecurity. He advises worldwide and across industries and speaks frequently on matters of corporate strategy and policy. Sabastian received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he co-founded the Harvard Association of Law and Business, and his B.S., B.A., and B.S. degrees in Finance, Economics and Decision & Information Sciences from the University of Maryland. Sabastian is passionate about the mission and potential of Literacy Partners to transform lives and the trajectories of families and communities.
EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Simon & Schuster
Having spent her career in book publishing, Liz has witnessed the impact that books make in the lives of readers of all ages. “Literacy Partners opened my eyes to the surprising statistics regarding illiteracy in New York City and the many ways that it affects people and communities,” she says. “It also revealed the incredibly positive news that this can be alleviated, one reader and one family at a time.” As EVP, Chief Marketing Officer for Simon & Schuster, Liz’s responsibilities encompass traditional and digital marketing, advertising, and promotion for adult and children’s imprints. She previously served as vice president and publisher of Rodale Books and Rodale International, and as director of Rodale DVD, where she published more than 20 New York Times bestsellers, including An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore.
President, Cover New York
Hope is President of Cover New York, an educational tour company. Cover New York’s primary goal is to introduce college students to professionals in their chosen fields of fashion, marketing, communications and graphic arts. Prior to that, Hope was in the fashion industry where she worked for Ann Taylor, The Gap and Ralph Lauren. She attended Trinity College, Hartford and has a degree in History. When asked what her high school sport was, Hope always replies, “reading”, her escape and her joy to this day. Knowing there are people who cannot enjoy the wonder of books or navigate their world for lack of literacy seems unthinkable to her; through her support of Literacy Partners, Hope aims to change that. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, teenage daughter and labradoodle.
Chief Customer Officer, Unqork
Prior to Unqork, Sharon served as the VP Global Strategy for Regional Application Development at MetLife. Sharon led the development of overarching strategies that drive transformation across the organization with a focus on human capital, innovation, processes, technology, and change management. Previous to MetLife, Sharon worked for 8 years in various roles at AIG. In her last role there, she oversaw daily business operations as Senior Vice President of Operations and Systems for the Accident and Health business. Sharon began her career in the pharmaceutical industry, conducting clinical research and managing large clinical programs for Pfizer. Sharon earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance and Healthcare Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eckerd College.
President and CEO, Sharp Independent Pictures
Jeff is president and CEO of Story Mining & Supply Co., a Los Angeles-based production company that forges relationships among publishers, authors, screenwriters, and filmmakers to produce high-quality commercial work for film and TV. He has produced Academy Award–winning and Golden Globe–nominated films including Boys Don’t Cry, You Can Count on Me, Nicholas Nickleby, and Proof. Previously, Jeff cofounded the e-book publisher Open Road Integrated Media. He also sits on the boards of the London Book Fair Film and Television Centre, the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, and the BookExpo of America, and chairs the Hamptons International Film Festival Advisory Board.