Mary Tahui An is the Senior Director of Africa Programs at Sesame Workshop. She was also the Producer of the 2016 HatchLabs, an initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation designed to foster inclusive, collaborative storytelling. Prior to Sesame Workshop, Mary led development efforts at American Documentary POV, the Emmy-award winning PBS documentary series with major funding from PBS, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and others. Before joining POV, Mary managed and advised governance projects in international post-conflict settings. She served over two years with United Nations Development Program in Khartoum, Sudan working on a $98 million project strengthening democracy and ensuring elections. Activities included training local journalists and supporting media outlets. She has consulted for UN Women, National Democratic Institute, the Carter Center, Open Society Foundation, Emory University, and the United Nations Foundation and she is passionate about the transformational powers of media. Mary is an alumni of the Alliance 2015 Creative Leadership Lab at Sundance.