OUR BOARD

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

John Makinson — Board Member and Chair of the Board of Directors

John Makinson — Board Member and Chair of the Board of Directors

Chairman of Kano

John Makinson was with the Penguin Group for almost 15 years, first as Chairman and CEO of Penguin Group, then as Chairman of Penguin Random House. He recently became the Chairman of Kano, a fast-growing British company that makes computer kits for children to assemble and learn to program. John has previously served as a co-Chair of the International Rescue Committee (UK) and Chairman of the National Theatre as well as The Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK’s leading progressive think tank.

John began his career as a journalist. Following a time in the United States with Saatchi & Saatchi, he returned to the UK to establish Makinson Cowell, an independent consultancy. He also served as Managing Director at the Financial Times and Financial Director of Pearson, the FT’s parent organization.

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.

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.

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.

Michele Ganeless — Board Member

Michele Ganeless — Board Member

Independent Film Producer

Michele Ganeless was most recently President of Comedy Central from 2004 to 2016. Under her leadership, Comedy Central built its position across all platforms as the number one brand in comedy, establishing many of the company’s most popular series as hits like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “South Park,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” and “Key & Peele.” Prior to joining Comedy Central, Michele served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of USA Networks.

Michele is also an independent film producer who sits on the board of the Posse Foundation and on the National Advisory Council 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.

Yvonne Moore

Yvonne Moore — Board Member and Grants Committee Chair

Founder and Principal Philanthropic Advisor, 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.

Michael Lynton — Board Member

Michael Lynton — Board Member

Chairman of Snap Inc.

Michael Lynton is Chairman of Snap Inc., makers of Snapchat. Before joining Snap, Michael was Chairman and Chief Executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chief Executive of Sony Entertainment Inc. Prior to this he started Disney Publishing at The Walt Disney Company, served as president of Disney’s Hollywood Pictures and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pearson’s Penguin Group. Michael has also held a number of leadership roles with Time Warner including CEO of AOL Europe, President of AOL International, and President of Time Warner International.

Michael serves on the Board of Trustees on a number of non-profits as well as the boards of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Rand Corporation, and IEX Group. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the UK government’s Film Policy Review group.

 Paul Telegdy - Board Member

Paul Telegdy — Board Member

Chairman of NBC Entertainment

Paul oversees NBC’s unscripted series and specials, including such franchises as “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “American Ninja Warrior,” the “Golden Globe Awards” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.” He is also responsible for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Saturday Night Live.”

Before arriving at NBC, Paul served as Executive Vice President, Sales, Content and Production, BBC Worldwide America.

Rick Trowbridge – Board Member

Rick Trowbridge — Board Member

CFO & Sr VP Operations, AmeriCares

Rick Trowbridge is CFO & Sr VP of Operations for AmeriCares, a non-profit emergency response and global health organization that saves lives and builds healthier futures for people in crisis in the U.S. and around the world. Rick recently joined AmeriCares from Save the Children Federation, where he was CFO, VP Finance and Treasurer. Rick has over 27 years’ experience in International Financial Planning and guided Save the Children through their global integration and expansion into multiple territories.

Alison Moore CEO of Comic Relief

Alison Moore — Board Member

Chief Executive Officer of Comic Relief Inc.

Alison Moore is the Chief Executive Officer at Comic Relief US.

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.