Comic Relief US is working to create a just world free from poverty, and full of opportunity

By powering inspiring campaigns like Red Nose Day and Hand in Hand: a Benefit for Hurricane Relief, Comic Relief US raises money and awareness to address the needs of the most vulnerable communities here in America, and around the world.

This critical work is only possible with your support. Thanks to the unwavering generosity of the public and our partners through the power of entertainment, together we are changing lives.

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By powering inspiring campaigns like Red Nose Day and Hand in Hand: a Benefit for Hurricane Relief, Comic Relief US raises money and awareness to address the needs of the most vulnerable communities here in America, and around the world.

Even when the unpredictable happens, your ongoing support helps Comic Relief US respond swiftly and sustain its critical work.

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OUR BOARD

The Board oversees the strategic and financial health of the organization and is responsible for approving distribution of grants to our grantee partners.

Richard Curtis – Vice President of the Board

Richard Curtis — Vice President of the Board

Co-founder of Comic Relief

Richard has co-produced all of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day TV shows in both the U.K. and the U.S., and played an integral role in launching the campaign in America. Globally Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion.

As a writer, his credits include the films Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and About Time, and TV series Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley.

Richard is also a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. In 2000, he was awarded a CBE by the Queen.

Andy Cook – Board Member

Andy Cook — Board Member

General Manager, bgC3

Andy is a General Manager at bgC3, an American research company established by Bill Gates, where he manages strategy, education and online initiatives including Gates Notes and Big History. Prior to bgC3, Andy spent 10 years at Microsoft in both marketing and product management roles. Andy’s experience spans a wide range of industries and sectors, having worked in venture capital, investment banking, brand strategy, and even as an instructor and development officer for Outward Bound.

Kevin Cahill – Board Member

Kevin Cahill — Board Member

Kevin joined Comic Relief UK in 1991 and served as Chief Executive 1997-2016. He was also Chairman of Comic Relief US 2014-2017, and played an integral role in establishing the organization in the United States. Prior to his time with Comic Relief, Kevin was Head of Education at the Royal National Theatre. In 2007, he was awarded a CBE by the Queen.

Michele Ganeless — Board Member

Michele Ganeless — Board Member and Interim Chair of the Board of Directors

Producer

Michele is best known for her tenure as President of Comedy Central, a position she held from 2004-2016. Under her leadership, the profile and success of the Comedy Central brand flourished with franchises including the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", "The Colbert Report", “South Park,” “Inside Amy Schumer" and “Key & Peele”, dominating the cultural landscape.
 Prior to her role as President at Comedy Central, Michele held programming and leadership roles at USA Network, Comedy Central and MTV.

More recently, Michele has focused her energy on producing for film and television, with a mandate to hire more women in front of and behind the camera, which was the case on her first two films, which were both written and directed by women. Ganeless also serves on the advisory board of Northwestern University’s School of Communications.

Richard Hofstetter - Board Member

Richard Hofstetter — Board Member

Partner of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C

Richard Hofstetter is a partner and co-chair of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz‘s Entertainment and Sports Group. He was recently recognized in New York Magazine’s list of top lawyers as one of the New York area’s best entertainment lawyers.

Jacki Kelley — Board Member

Jacki Kelley — Board Member

CEO, Americas at Dentsu Aegis Network

Jacki Kelley is CEO, Americas for Dentsu Aegis Network, and has been a recognized and lauded leader in the advertising and media industries for over 25 years. Prior to Dentsu, Kelley held roles as COO, Bloomberg Media; Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Bloomberg LP; CEO, North America, and President of Global Clients for IPG Mediabrands; and Global CEO, Universal McCann. Previous to this she was Vice President, Worldwide Strategy & Solutions at Yahoo! and held a number of positions at USA Today.

Jacki also serves on the board of FreshPet. She has been honored with the United Way of New York City’s Power of Women to Make a Difference Award, and with numerous high-profile communications, media and advertising accolades.

Alison Moore CEO of Comic Relief

Alison Moore — Board Member

Chief Executive Officer of Comic Relief US

Alison Moore comes to Comic Relief US with extensive experience as a top executive in the media and technology industries, where she has successfully expanded business operations and growth initiatives for a number of content-driven organizations and world-renowned brands.

Most recently, Moore served as Chief Business Officer, Beauty Collection at Condé Nast, overseeing the brand strategy, monetization, and operations for women-focused brands, such as Glamour and Allure. Prior to Condé Nast, Moore was Chief Revenue Officer at SoundCloud, the global digital music and audio platform, and previously held senior positions at NBC Universal and HBO, focusing on digital consumer experiences, brand development and consumer engagement strategies.

In addition to her previous corporate roles, Moore is active in the entrepreneurship space, working with socially conscious start-ups and incubators. She is also a Board member of TRACE, the leading global media, entertainment and brand platform for connected Afro-Urban millennials.

Yvonne Moore

Yvonne Moore — Board Member and Grants Committee Chair

Founder & Managing Director, Moore Philanthropy

Yvonne Moore has over 25 years of experience in government, civil society, academia and nonprofit organizations, and has served extensively as a strategic advisor across the philanthropic space on both international and domestic issues.

As the founder of Moore Philanthropy, Yvonne has successfully co-developed numerous programs and projects, many of them in challenging environments, including post-conflict and slum communities, as well as in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak. Previously, Yvonne held the position of Chief of Staff to filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail E. Disney where she oversaw the family’s network of media, philanthropic and advocacy organizations. She also currently serves as a trustee of The Daphne Foundation, The New York Women’s Foundation, and The Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group.

Yvonne chairs Comic Relief US's Grants Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the grantmaking strategy – determining how funds are spent to support a range of life-changing programs in the U.S. and around the world.

David Horne

David Horne — Board Member and Audit & Risk Committee Chair

CFO, The Cabrini Foundation

David Horne, CPA is CFO for The Cabrini Foundation, a private foundation that supports the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers through grants to bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. David was previously the CFO of Island Peer Review Organization and the March of Dimes Foundation. He is also a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Not for Profit Advisory Committee that routinely works to improve the transparency and usefulness of financial statements.

David chairs the Audit and Risk Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the budget, audit and reporting of Comic Relief US’s annual financial results.

Austyn Biggers

Austyn Biggers — Board Member

Head of Unscripted at Get Lifted Film Co

Over the last 20 years, Austyn Biggers has worked in virtually every aspect of television and film, from development to production to post. He has developed over 90 projects in his career, from reality series to feature docs and live events. He is currently Head of Unscripted at Get Lifted Film Co., led by Emmy®️ and Tony®️ Award-winning producer Mike Jackson, EGOT recipient and award-winning producer John Legend, and CEO of Friends At Work, Ty Stiklorius. Austyn’s projects with Get Lifted Film Co. include the docu-series Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (HBO), Rhythm & Flow (Netflix), 40 Years a Prisoner (HBO) and, most recently, A Crime on the Bayou set for theatrical release in June 2021. He has served as an in-house Executive Producer at MTV, LOGO, & VH1 and was Sr. Director of Development for BET Networks.

Austyn brings a deep commitment to social justice, racial equity and LGBTQ+ rights. He volunteers with LGBTQ+ organizations that provide a safe living environment for young queer people.