Alice Cahn is a mostly, and thankfully, retired social responsibility, media and education executive experienced in creating projects and brands that lead to successful cross-sector partnerships; stimulate employee engagement; and contribute to positive social change.
Experience includes Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network where she created content and projects that drove ratings and increased audiences’ skill levels ; reversed negative youth and adult attitudes about youth brands; and built effective partnerships with business, government, education, advocacy and community-based organizations. Cahn built the network’s nutrition standards guiding food marketing; was Executive in Charge for network exercise and sports projects; and founded the award-winning STOP BULLYING: SPEAK UP project, now embraced globally by the network .
Prior to working with Turner, Cahn served as Managing Director of the Markle Foundation’s Interactive Media division, funding content and publishing research on the impact of technology on learning and development. Ms. Cahn joined Markle from Sesame Workshop, where she served as Group President of Television, Film, and Video increasing revenue from home video projects and creating new series elements reflective of changing audience needs and media environments. Cahn came to Sesame Workshop from US Public Broadcasting, where she was PBS’ head of Children's Programming acquiring the network’s highest rated and most profitable youth series: Barney, Arthur, The Magic Schoolbus and Teletubbies.
Ms. Cahn designed national projects linking media and education at Sony’s Education First! foundation; programmed instructional media at San Francisco’s public television station KQED; and taught at Village Community School, NYC.
Cahn did her Masters work in Educational Technology at San Francisco State University; and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from NYU. A frequent speaker at conferences on digital media and communicating to parents and youth, she serves on the boards of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility; and The National Safe Routes to School Partnership; and holds an Encore Fellowship in non-profit leadership. She and her wife live in Maplewood, NJ with their 3 children and 2 dogs.