Founder & President
Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including the New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007), Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps(2012), and Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013).
In 2015, Dave was recognized with the TED Prize, awarded annually to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. In April 2016, the fifth StoryCorps book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, was released.
For speaking engagement inquiries, Dave is represented by The Tuesday Agency.
Chief Executive Officer
Robin Sparkman joined StoryCorps as its first CEO in January 2014. The national nonprofit’s fundraising, programs, marketing, finance, and digital teams report to her. During her tenure she has focused on creating and developing StoryCorps’ first app; growing and expanding its national board; bringing in an experienced senior management team; creating the organization’s strategic plan; re-energizing its earned income business, and helping StoryCorps grow its creative offerings.
Before coming to StoryCorps, Robin spent 20 years as a journalist. Most recently, she was the editor in chief of The American Lawyer, where she oversaw several of the company’s print and digital national publications and led the team that uncovered the fraud at the former law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. Under her leadership, The American Lawyer won six Jesse Neal awards for journalism. Before joining The American Lawyer Robin spent five years as an editor for the business and opinion sections of MSNBC.com. She was one of the founding members of the site. Robin is also a former reporter for Newsweek, covering terrorism, the United Nations, and politics.
She is a magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Robin sits on the board of the Union Settlement Association of East Harlem (finance and development committees) and serves on the Wellesley Business Leadership Council. She lives in New York City with her family.
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Sharyanne McSwain has more than 20 years of financial services and business operations experience, working in financial engineering, financial services marketing, municipal finance, and equity research in the for-profit sector. Her love for the stories of everyday people and her desire to support the mission of StoryCorps inspired her move from Wall Street to the nonprofit sector in 2008.
Sharyanne received an M.B.A. from INSEAD, the business school in France, and currently serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. As a Trustee, she is responsible for alumni fundraising efforts in the United States. She also received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
Lisa V. Gale
Chief Program Officer
Lisa V. Gale came to StoryCorps in 2017. She has more than 25 years of experience in the administration and management of nonprofit organizations in the fields of adult education and community development. Prior to joining StoryCorps, she served as Deputy Commissioner, Employment Services, for the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York, a $200 million employment services division, offering city programs such as Back2Work, Business Link, Training Assistance Group, and more.
Before her position with the City, Lisa managed a portfolio of workforce development programs funded by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation; she worked as the Deputy Executive Director for the Literacy Assistance Center; and held various senior leadership positions at nonprofits focused on adult literacy and community and economic development. Lisa holds a PhD in Social Welfare from The CUNY Graduate Center and an MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work.
Chief Development Officer
Jaime Greenberg joined StoryCorps in September 2018. She has more than 25 years experience in development, external affairs, and non-profit management, and has helped the organizations she’s served raise over $100 million. Previous roles have included Vice President, External Affairs with New Visions for Public Schools, a public education fund serving 50,000 New York City public school students; Vice President, Philanthropic Development at Sesame Workshop, a global production company and producer of Sesame Street; and Deputy Director of Development, Thirteen/WNET. Jaime is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a member of Women in Development NY, where she has also served on the board. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and has a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University.
Director, Executive Office
Kathrina Proscia began working at StoryCorps in 2006. With 20 years experience in supporting C-level executives, she has held positions in the industries of advertising, import/export, and airline catering services. Kathrina is a graduate of Empire State College with a major in historical studies. A native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, she resides in Queens, New York, with her husband, daughter, and the cutest chihuahua ever.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President, Democracy Alliance
Dane E. Holmes
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Founder and Principal, MASdesign
Operating Partner, TDR Capital, London
Adelaide K. Jones
Principal, Phillips Oppenheim
Founder & President
Chief Executive Officer
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Jane Phillips Donaldson
Co-Founder and Principal, Phillips Oppenheim
Sarah Elizabeth Feinberg
President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Anne Herbert Mai
Elizabeth J. McCormack
Advisor, Rockefeller Family & Associates
Blythe Haaga Parker
Independent Writer and Producer
Managing Director, Spectrum Equity
Head of Global Communications and Strategic Engagement, Airbnb
Jill Schlesinger, CFP®
CBS News Business Analyst
Murray Sinclaire, Jr.
President and CEO (Co-Owner), Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC
Emergency Medicine Physicians (Physician)
President and CEO, AppDynamics
Former Senator Bill Bradley
Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC
President Emeritus of National Public Radio
Dean, University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Senior Advisor, Equal Justice Initiative
Thomas A. Moore
President and CEO, LifeCuff Technologies, Inc.
In memory of Woody Wickham (1942-2009), founding Board Chair of StoryCorps.