Ed Desmond joined the Toy Association in September, 2008, to serve in the newly-created position of Executive Vice President, External Affairs. During his tenure, Mr. Desmond has built a strong and effective advocacy program that touches directly on the key domestic and international issues impacting the toy industry: product safety; environmental sustainability; global trade including export restrictions, trade barriers, and international counterfeiting; children’s privacy protection, and more.
Based in the Association’s Washington, DC office, Mr. Desmond oversees state, federal and international legislative and regulatory outreach, including issues management, strategic planning, coalition building, media and key audience engagement, and related communications programs. Mr. Desmond is actively involved in two international organizations and has done business throughout Europe and Asia, including China, India, Japan, Germany, France and Belgium.
Prior to the Toy Association, Mr. Desmond served as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs with the Entertainment Software Association, representing the interests of the computer and video game industry. Previously, he served in senior advocacy roles with several large, multi-national corporations. He began his career on Capitol Hill as a legislative attorney for a U.S. Congressman.
Mr. Desmond is a graduate of the University of Hartford in Connecticut and the California Western School of Law in San Diego. He resides in Fairfax, Virginia.