Leadership & Governance

Adam Garone, CEO, Starlight Children's Foundation

As Adam Garone watched his 3-year-old niece undergo 7 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 with them playing and laughing.”

In early 2019, Adam was eager to accept 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.

Adam has a long history of commitment to service. From serving nine-years as an officer in the Australian military, co-founding and leading the Movember Foundation for 13 years and raising more than $1 billion to fund 1,200 men’s health programs, to consulting nonprofits globally, to public speaking.

As CEO of Starlight, Adam aims to strengthen the organization’s brand and grow revenue significantly through partnerships and grassroot initiatives to reach more terminally and chronically ill kids and have an even greater impact.

At the end of the day, Adam wants all children to experience the magic of childhood, because seriously ill kids are still just kids. And that’s where Starlight steps in.

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
  1. Carol Savoie

    Audit Committee Chair

    Deloitte Tax LLP
  2. Russ Cashdan

    Compensation Committee Chair

    Hogan Lovells
  3. Eric Grodan

    Nominations & Governance Committee Chair

    Merrill Lynch
  1. Henry Fields

    Morrison & Foerster LLP
  2. Kira Goldberg

  3. Zain Habboo

  1. David Haspel

    Haspel Communications
  2. Chris Helfrich

    Eat Learn Play Foundation
  3. Marvin Levy

    Amblin Partners
  1. Peter Samuelson


    PhilmCo Media LLC
  2. John Simone


  3. Roger Shiffman

    Zizzle LLC
  4. Steven Spielberg

    Chairman Emeritus

    Amblin Entertainment

The Constellation

The Constellation consists of generous people who have previously served Starlight as Directors, or in other prominent capacities, or significantly support Starlight’s mission.

  • 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

  • General H. Norman Schwarzkopf (posthumous)