Sesame Street names Sal Pérez first Latino executive

I’m a huge fan of seeing Latinos in leadership positions. I’m an even bigger fan of seeing Latinos in leadership positions in (mostly) mainstream corporations. In January 2022, Sal Pérez was named the Sesame Street’s new vice president and executive producer going into the iconic children’s television series’ 53rd season; making Sal the show’s first Latino executive in its history.

According to an article in Al Día News, “Pérez is a first-generation Mexican American with more than 14 years of experience producing international and domestic content for the nonprofit organization behind the popular children’s series.”

Representation matters. Adding Latinos to any staff at any level is important. According to the Latino Corporate Directors Association, there are sixteen Latino Chief Executive Officers (CEO) at the top Fortune 500 companies. In 2015, there were only 9 Latino CEOs at top 500 companies.

And Sesame Street is no stranger to adding more representation in not just their staff, but also their muppets. In recent years, the show has added Black, Asian American, and a muppet with a spinal cord injury.

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