Our Board Of Directors

Goldie Hawn, Founder and Board Chair

Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author and children’s advocate. She is the founder of The Hawn Foundation, a public charity with a mission to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives. Alarmed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, and the persistent failure of the education system to help children cope with increasingly stressful lives, Goldie began The Hawn Foundation in 2003 to apply cutting edge scientific research to create education programs that support the social and emotional development of children. Working with leading neuroscientists, educators and researchers, the Foundation developed MindUP™, an evidence-based curriculum and teaching model for grades K-8 that provides children with the tools to help them understand and improve their own emotions, moods and behaviors; reduce stress and anxiety; sharpen concentration; build confidence; increase empathy; and improve academic performance in school. MindUP™ is currently being taught in schools in the United States and Canada. Goldie is also the author of the best-selling A Lotus Grows in the Mud and Ten Mindful Minutes,Easy Steps to Joy and Mindfulness for Parents and Children. Ms. Hawn has been honored for her work with children. Among them, in 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presented Goldie with a special award for her work to increase public understanding of mental health.

Dr. Murali Doraiswamy

Dr Murali Doraiswamy is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University where he also serves on the executive committee of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He is a leading expert in cognitive neuroscience and mental health. Murali directs a leading clinical trials unit at Duke that has been involved in the clinical development of many of the treatments used widely today for treating depression, anxiety and cognitive problems. He has been an advisor to leading government agencies and businesses, and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Brain Research.

Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D.

Nancy Etcoff is a psychologist and faculty member of the Harvard Medical School and of Harvard University’s Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative. She directs the Program in Aesthetics and Well-Being at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Etcoff is author of Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty, and has conducted research on the perception of beauty, emotion and the brain for over 15 years.

Susan Fuhrman, Ph.D.

Susan Fuhrman is the President of Teachers College, Columbia University, founding Director and Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and immediate Past-President of the National Academy of Education. She was Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and is a former Vice President of the American Educational Research Association, former Trustee of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and a former non-executive Director of Pearson plc. Dr. Fuhrman received her Ph.D in political science and education from Teachers College and Columbia University. Her research interests include accountability in education, intergovernmental relationships, and standards-based reform, and she written widely on education policy and finance. Dr. Fuhrman’s work has been recognized by a wide variety of international, national, state, and local organizations.

Kate Hudson

Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson made her studio film debut in “200 Cigarettes,” and in her performance in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous”, won the hearts of critics and moviegoers around the world and her performance earned her a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress and a BAFTA nomination, amongst numerous other honors and recognition, including the Broadcast Film Critics’ Award for Breakthrough Performance. With her partner and hair stylist David Babaii, Kate launched David Babaii for WildAid, a cruelty-free hair care product line which was developed using exotic and natural ingredients, free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and animal products. A percentage of the proceeds for the innovative product line will be designated to benefit WildAid, a global non-profit wildlife conservation organization protecting endangered and threatened animals around the world. In May 2010, Kate announced her role as Global Brand Ambassador for Almay, where she has been the face of their new and existing cosmetic products. She represents the brand in various company-sponsored philanthropic and fundraising events, and her television and print campaigns for the brand have been running throughout the year.

Jeffrey Montgomery

Jeff is the Founder and Chairman of GMT Communications Partners. Prior to establishing GMT, he was a Managing Director at the investment firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson, and had previously held a variety of operating positions in the publishing, broadcasting and cable TV industries. GMT and related funds have invested over USD 1 billion in Europe and North America over the last 25 years. Jeff has an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and is a fellow of the Lauder Institute of International Studies. He holds a BA from Hobart College. Current GMT portfolio responsibilities include DOCUgroup, IT-Ernity and Redext.  Jeff is on the Board of Trustees of the Hawn Foundation (US/UK), the We are Family Foundation (UK) and is a member of the Ashoka Support Network.

 

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries. For twelve years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Arts and Design, the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He was been honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States, the LEGO Prize for international achievement in education, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices.’ In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages.

Teri Schwartz

Teri Schwartz is the Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) where she has launched an exciting new vision and long range plan that re-imagines entertainment and performing arts education as an interdisciplinary enterprise grounded in humanistic storytelling, social impact, technology and innovation, and global diversity. Prior to becoming UCLA TFT’s new dean, she successfully served as the founding dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. Schwartz was an award winning feature film producer whose many films garnered nominations for Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy and MTV awards including “Sister Act”, “Beaches”, and others. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America; Directors Guild of America; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and serves on the Television Academy’s Foundation Board of Directors; the Geffen Playhouse Board of Directors; Women’s Media Center Board of Directors; Savannah Film Festival Advisory Board; Los Angeles Stage Alliance Board of Governors; and the Governing Council of the Los Angeles-India Film Council. Recently, Schwartz received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Feature Film Producing from CAY/FILM; the 2013 American Spirit Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors for her Special Achievement in Educating New Filmmakers; and in 2012, she was honored as Variety’s 2012 Media Mentor of the Year. Schwartz is a native of Los Angeles. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in English Literature from UCLA, 1971 and received her MA in Film from the University of London, 1973.

Morton Sherman, Ph.D.

A well-respected, nationally recognized educator with more than 25 years’ experience in raising academic standards, closing achievement gaps and uniting stakeholders has been named the new superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). Among his many honors and appointments, Sherman is an appointed member of the New Jersey Governor and Commissioner of Education to the Selection Committee for Executive County Superintendents; is a present member of the National Superintendents Roundtable; and is a founding member of the Public Schools for Tomorrow, a national group of superintendents whose goal is to bring about change in schools so that all children learn to high standards and their personal growth and talents are nurtured. He is a nationally recognized leader in education, speaking frequently about children’s mental health, student achievement, curriculum and staff development. He has written and published more than 200 articles.

Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for fifteen years before returning to university to obtain her Teaching Credential and Masters of Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught in elementary, middle, and graduate schools and currently teaches at Santa Barbara Middle School. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) publishes her books for education professionals: Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher (2006), Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom (2007), and Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension (2008). She is completing a fourth book about research-based strategies for math instruction.

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The Hawn Foundation - UK - Board of Directors

Goldie Hawn, Founder and Board Chair

Jeffrey Montgomery

Jeff is the Founder and Chairman of GMT Communications Partners. Prior to establishing GMT, he was a Managing Director at the investment firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson, and had previously held a variety of operating positions in the publishing, broadcasting and cable TV industries. GMT and related funds have invested over USD 1 billion in Europe and North America over the last 25 years. Jeff has an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and is a fellow of the Lauder Institute of International Studies. He holds a BA from Hobart College. Current GMT portfolio responsibilities include DOCUgroup, IT-Ernity and Redext. Jeff is on the Board of Trustees of the Hawn Foundation (US/UK), the We are Family Foundation (UK) and is a member of the Ashoka Support Network.

 

Bill Roedy

Bill Roedy is the former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people, launching the most channels in the history of TV. Prior to joining MTVNI, Roedy was a Vice President for HBO for ten years, and was inducted as one of the “Pioneers” of the U.S. cable industry. Earlier he was a career officer in the United States Army where he qualified as Airborne and Army Ranger and was a decorated combat veteran in Vietnam. He also commanded nuclear missile bases in Italy as part of NATO during the Cold War. In 1998 Mr Roedy was named Ambassador for UNAIDS and he has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic. He was a founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS from 1999 to 2002, and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. Mary Robinson also appointed him as an Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI) in 2010. Mr Roedy currently serves as Chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources to fight the epidemic at the grass roots level, in combination with MTV’s award winning HIV/AIDS programming. He is active in a wide range of Global Health initiatives, including the boards of amfAR, Healthright and Fitzmi. His business roles include Zumba, Moshi Monsters, Ping4, and the private equity advisory boards of TowerBrook (NY/London) and ClearVue (Shanghai). His education roles include board membership with Westminster College, and the American School in London (ASL), and advisory roles with Baruch College and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. He has received the International Emmy Founder’s Award, amfAR’s Award of Courage, Individual Business Leadership Award presented by US President Bill Clinton, Doctors of the World Leadership Award and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award presented by UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon in 2009. He has given numerous commencement addresses with honorary doctorate degrees. Roedy holds degrees of Bachelor of Science from West Point and an MBA from Harvard. He is also the author of ‘What Makes Business Rock’, one of CNBC’s Best Books of Summer 2011.

Mark Soundy

Mark Soundy is a Corporate partner in the London office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. Mark joined Shearman in 2013 having previously been at Weil Gotshal & Manges (since 2004) and, before that, at Travers Smith (since 1987). He is dual-qualified, having qualified in England and Wales in 1989 and then been admitted to the New York State Bar in 1992. Mark’s practice is based around UK and international M&A work. He specialises in private equity and increasingly in complex restructuring work. With over 25 years’ experience in M&A, Mark has worked on many different mandates across the globe and has completed well over one hundred transactions. Mark also spends a significant amount of time in the Middle East, and co-founded Weil’s Dubai office in 2009. Mark is a member of the Legal & Technical Committee of the British Venture Capital Association. He speaks and writes regularly on issues relating to international M&A and private equity and is a consultant editor of A Practitioner’s Guide to Private Equity. Mark is involved in a number of charitable and non-profit activities. He is a member (and was the founder Chairman) of the Trinity College (Cambridge) Alumni Advisory Board, Chairman of the Maclaren Foundation for Summer Fields School and an advisor to the Foundation Board of Radley College. He also providespro bono legal advice to several clients including Bridges Ventures, The Hawn Foundation, Peace One Day, Twin Trading and The Venture Partnership Foundation.