Chris Toward

Chris has been active in philanthropy and international affairs through his career. Along with being a member of the mm (identity lab) team, he is also the CEO of Philanthropy Squared, a consultancy he founded to advise charitable organizations on strategy and corporate and foundation relations. His clients have included UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, the Red Cross of Greater New York’s disaster spiritual care unit, Lutheran Disaster Response of New York, and the International Human Rights Funders Group.

Prior to founding Philanthropy Squared, Chris was deeply involved in New York City’s efforts to recover from the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. He was chosen by New York Cares, the city’s premier volunteer agency, to develop and manage their disaster recovery program. In this capacity, he established and managed strategic partnerships with 50 federal, local, and nonprofit agencies and recruited more than 8,000 volunteers to work at Ground Zero and sites citywide. As a result of this work, Chris and New York Cares received commendations from New York mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg and United Nations General Kofi Annan.

Previously, Chris worked in Washington, DC for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education where he served as an in-house authority on corporate and foundation philanthropy and fundraising best practices. His experience in the international affairs field includes work at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the US House of Representatives, the US Embassy in Paris, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Chris received a BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego and did graduate work in International Economic Policy at the American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC.