Laura Smith and Palak Solanki have joined Sesame Workshop as VP of formal learning and VP of business planning and analysis, respectively.
As VP of formal learning, Smith will help the Workshop provide a transformative educational experience for preschoolers in formal classrooms and centers across the US using Sesame Street’s educational assets. Her responsibilities include conducting research and analysis to inform strategic direction, coordinating a cross-functional project team to design and launch key programs and securing internal and external support and investment from diverse audiences. Previously, she served as assistant commissioner for External Partnerships and Research with the New York State Department of Education.
As VP of business planning and Analysis, Solanki will be responsible for identifying and developing long-term business opportunities and evaluating potential acquisitions and other investments. She will also be responsible for facilitating company-wide strategic planning activities and conducting business analysis for key initiatives and ventures. Solanki most recently served as the director of digital sales strategy and business development at MTV Networks.