Leadership & Governance

Adam Garone, CEO of Starlight Children's Foundation, playing on a Starlight Gaming station with a patient at White Memorial in Los Angeles

As Adam Garone watched his 3-year-old niece undergo seven months of the most aggressive form of chemotherapy a child that age can survive, it changed his life forever.  

“I saw first-hand the impact that moments of happiness and normalcy can have on a seriously ill child and their family,” Adam said. “It made me truly appreciate the health of my children and the importance of the time I get to enjoy playing and laughing with them.”  

In 2019, Adam eagerly accepted the opportunity to lead Starlight Children’s Foundation and deliver happiness to hundreds of thousands of seriously ill children, just like his niece, because he knew this was where his next chapter would be.  

From serving nine-years as an officer in the Australian military, co-founding and leading the Movember Foundation globally as CEO for 13 years, to consulting with other non-profits looking to make a change in the world, Adam has a long history of commitment to service. 

In Adam’s first year as CEO of Starlight, he strengthened the organization’s brand through a digital-first strategy that included a website redesign, brand refresh, systems update, and a renewed emphasis on storytelling. 

Under Adam’s direction, Starlight launched two grassroots initiatives – Stream For Starlight and Give Happiness – along with a focus on monthly giving and peer-to-peer fundraising.   

As Adam entered his second year as CEO, the coronavirus pandemic hit. Suddenly, the world was not the same as when he started. While the pandemic has changed so much in our lives, this remains true – Starlight’s mission is unwavering, and the programs are needed now more than ever.     

Adam continues to lead the Starlight team forward, united in the belief that all children deserve to experience the magic of childhood because seriously ill kids are still kids.   

Meet our CEO Adam Garone and learn more about Starlight

Our Board

As a 501(c)(3) public charity we are committed to best practice levels of governance, transparency, accountability, and financial management.

The CEO is responsible for managing the overall operations and resources of Starlight. The CEO reports into the board who collectively provide strategic direction and oversight.

  1. John Rosenberg


    g-Net Media
  2. Cara Natterson, MD

    Vice Chair

    Worry Proof MD
  3. Troy Young

    Finance Committee Chair

    Destiny Financial
  4. Shawn Harpen

    Audit Committee Chair

    Previously with Patron
  1. Eric Grodan

    Nominations & Governance Committee Chair

    Merrill Lynch
  2. Kira Goldberg

    HR and Compensation Committee Chair

  3. Alisa Bowen

    The Walt Disney Company
  4. Russ Cashdan

    Cashdan Law
  1. Howard Cohl

    Major, Lindsey & Africa
  2. Henry Fields

    Morrison & Foerster LLP
  3. David Haspel

    Haspel Communications
  4. Chris Helfrich

    Eat Learn Play Foundation
  1. Debra Johnson

    Allied Financial Advisors
  2. Marvin Levy

    Amblin Partners
  3. Rechelle Porter (CCLS)

    Morgan Stanley Children's
  1. Peter Samuelson


    PhilmCo Media LLC
  2. Steven Spielberg

    Chairman Emeritus

    Amblin Entertainment

The Constellation

The Constellation consists of passionate super stars who donate their time, expertise, and networks to advance Starlight’s mission.

Current Members

  • PJ Lewis, Constellation Chair, Vice President Action Figures & Plush. Mattel, Inc.

Past Members

  • Howard Davine

  • Brian Gott

  • David Hoberman

  • Warren Kornblum 

  • Ron Leibow 

  • Mel Marks, MD

  • Kevin Mayer 

  • Hannah Minghella

  • Brandon Phillips, MD 

  • Gary Rachelefsky, MD 

  • Glenn Ross

  • John Simone

  • Roger Shiffman (posthumous)

  • General H. Norman Schwarzkopf (posthumous)