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The Toy Foundation Announces New Board
New York, NY | March 14, 2023 – The Toy Foundation (TTF) announced yesterday the appointment of Andy Quartin, CEO of Thames & Kosmos, LLC, as Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Kathleen Campisano, global chief marketing officer & general manager of Beacon Media Group, as Vice Chair. Together, Quartin and Campisano will lead TTF in its new strategic action plan to unite the toy industry behind the shared commitment to create a world where every child has the opportunity to experience comfort, joy, and the extraordinary physical, emotional, and educational benefits of play.
“For the past three years, we’ve had the privilege of Andrew Weiner, chief advisor of Toy’n Around, serving as Foundation Chair and leading our work as children’s needs for play grew exponentially and we sought to deepen our impact. His advocacy and perseverance were instrumental to bringing the industry together,” said Pamela Mastrota, executive director of TTF. “Now as we look to build momentum with our new strategic plan, Andy Quartin’s vast skillset and vision will steer us in meeting measurable goals, advancing the toy industry, and deepening our collective philanthropic impact to deliver the extraordinary benefits of play to all children in need.”
For more than 10 years, Quartin has led Thames & Kosmos in its vision to give children access to real, physical activities and projects that teach them about how things work. His experience seamlessly translates to leading the Board and TTF in becoming an influential voice and an effective partner to the industry. Quartin was elected to the board in 2019. He most recently served on the Nominating & Governance; Diversity & Inclusion; Program Grants; and Children’s Hospital Committees and chaired the Strategic Planning Committee which pioneered the development of TTF’s new Vision, Mission, Core Values, and Strategic Action Plan.
“Every day we work to give the gift of play to children everywhere,” said Quartin. “As Chair of The Toy Foundation, I strive to collaborate with companies of all sizes and in all areas of play to deepen our impact in serving children in need. If you have not partnered with The Toy Foundation yet, I look forward to working together whether it be through donations to The Toy Bank, DEI program development, or funding play grants to children’s hospitals or in response to emergent situations. I’m excited for what’s to come.”
Campisano also joined the Board of Trustees in 2019 and played a pivotal role in transitioning TTF to a strategic and metric-based approach that better serves the industry and children everywhere. A longtime contributor to the toy industry, her vast business and marketing expertise will help create momentum behind TTF’s work in her new role as Vice Chair. Campisano previously chaired the Children’s Hospital Committee and continues to serve on the Brand & Communications Committee.
TTF’s Board of Trustees also elected two new members, Sara Rosales Montalvo, senior vice president of communications at Jazwares, and Anthony Trani, CEO of Elenco Electronics, Inc. Rosales offers more than 25 years of experience as a communications and public relations strategist telling stories that help companies meet their business goals. Trani brings 20 years of global marketing and business experience for consumer packaged goods and continuously works to create moments of joy for kids and their families.
“I’m eager to work closely with Kathleen as we continue to strengthen The Toy Foundation,” said Quartin. “A warm welcome to Sara and Anthony, as well as a special thanks to the entire Board of Trustees and Toy Foundation staff for your continued commitment to unite the toy industry behind the shared vision of a world where every child experiences the benefits of play.”
To learn more about The Toy Foundation’s work, visit toyfoundation.org.
About The Toy Foundation www.toyfoundation.org
The Toy Foundation (TTF) is a 501 (c)3 children's charity whose mission is to provide philanthropic support and the vital commodity of play to children and families in need, across the country and globe. TTF's donations represent the charitable works of TTF and the toy industry. Last year, TTF provided $360K in cash grants to nearly 4 million children severely impacted by the pandemic. Since its inception in 2003, TTF's signature Toy Bank has provided $225 million in toys to more than 26 million underserved children coping with serious illness, enduring temporary home placements in the foster care system, living with domestic violence, and/or dealing with natural disasters. TTF is also broadening its mission to provide grant funding to children's hospitals to encourage healing through play and to foster a diverse and inclusive culture and pipeline of talent for the toy industry.