Blue Butterfly Collaborative's Leaders
Charlotte Cole, EdD
Linda Hawkins Costigan
Suzanne Cole

Advisory Board
Charlotte F. Cole, EdD
Charlotte F. Cole, EdD is co-founder and executive director of Blue Butterfly Collaborative. Dr. Cole has over two and a half decades of experience working in international development and has applied her expertise in curriculum development, educational content creation, and research in the support of large-scale educational media projects in more than thirty countries across the globe.

Prior to founding Blue Butterfly Collaborative, Dr. Cole was senior vice president of global education at Sesame Workshop in New York City.  In this capacity she oversaw the company’s international education and research strategies and was instrumental in the advancement of education innovations such as: the creation of Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet character who appears on the South African version of Sesame Street; the development of strong educational content designed to support girls’ education in countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and India; and initiatives to promote respect and understanding across group divides in the Middle East, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, and elsewhere.

Dr. Cole received her doctorate in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Boston College, Lesley College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Harvard University. Dr. Cole was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Children and Media and served as the publication’s first review and commentary editor. Her research has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Behavioral Development and Communication Research Trends.