Steven Haft

Steven Haft is an American media executive, attorney, and film producer.

Steven Haft
Born1949 (age 6970)
NationalityUnited States
EducationJ.D. Hofstra University School of Law
OccupationMedia executive
Film producer
Spouse(s)Lisa Birnbach (divorced)


Haft was born to a Jewish family in Manhattan and raised in Flushing, Queens,[1] the son of Helen (née Urdang) and Nathan "Nuddy" Haft.[2][3] He is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law[4] and is a member of The Bar of the U. S. Supreme Court.[5] After school, Haft produced films for over twenty years including Jakob the Liar and Dead Poets Society.[5]

In 2000, he accepted a position with AOL where he served as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for their $1.2 billion in sales Interactive Marketing Group.[5] He left AOL to found the media consultancy company Indyworks, which focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on media. His clients included Comcast Cable, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the College Television Network, AirMedia, Edelman, and Burson-Marstellar.[5] He presently serves as Senior Vice President of Innovation for magazine publisher Time Inc..[5]

Philanthropy and civic service

Haft has been involved in environmental issues, human rights and arts in education since the 1970s.[5] He served on the Board of United States variant of the TerraMar Project, which was a United Nations NGO that promoted the Clean Oceans provision of the Sustainable Development Goals program.[5] Haft served on the board until TerraMar (US) announced that it had ended operations on July 12, 2019 after the sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein, associate of Ghislaine Maxwell, became public.[6][7]

He is an Advisory Board Member of the Global Partnerships Forum, which serves as an intermediary linking business entities, government agencies, and the United Nations to develop shared goals and efforts.[5] Haft is an elected Member of the Motion Picture Academy and Trustee Emeritus of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute; and was appointed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the Board of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Corporation.[5] He serves as Vice Chair of the Presidential Scholars Foundation, is a STEM Advisor to the Center for the Study of The Presidency & Congress, and has done work for the John D. Rockefeller IIIrd Fund, the John Hay Whitney Foundation, the United Automobile Workers, and the ACLU.[5] He was a co-founder of the original Earth Day in 1970.[5]

Personal life

He is divorced from author Lisa Birnbach;[4][8] they have three children.[9] He attended the Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan.[10]


  1. Lynn, B. Horton (June 5, 1989). "Hollywood on the Hudson". New York Magazine.
  2. "Helen (Urdang) HAFT". The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey). December 24, 2009.
  3. "HAFT Nathan "Nuddy", of Paterson, NJ, on Tuesday, June 5, 2001. Beloved husband of Helen (nee Urdang) for fifty-seven years. Devoted father of Deena B. Whited and Steven P. Haft". The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey). June 6, 2001.
  4. "Lisa Birnbach, Author to Marry in September". The New York Times. July 19, 1987.
  5. "Steven Haft is currently SVP Innovation at Time Inc., largest magazine publisher in the U.S. and U.K. and owner of such iconic brands as TIME, FORTUNE, and PEOPLE Magazines". Disrupter Awards. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  6. Twohey, Megan; Bernstein, Jacob (2019-07-15). "The 'Lady of the House' Who Was Long Entangled With Jeffrey Epstein". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  7. "About - TerraMar Project". 2019-04-25. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  8. Knutsen, Elise (November 29, 2011). "Preppy Handbook Author Sells Upper Crust UES Spread". New York Observer.
  9. Minzsheimer, Bob (September 2, 2010). "Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd". USA Today. Birnbach, 52, editor and co-author...
  10. "Don't Miss "Dead Poets Society"" (PDF). Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun Bulletin. October 20, 1989. It is, of course, a matter of some pride to us that the producer of the film is Steven Haft, a member of our congregation whose wife, Lisa Birnbach Haft, grew up in our community.
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