Ed Desmond joined the Toy Association in October 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: safety; environmental sustainability; intellectual property protection; global trade – including export restrictions; children’s online privacy protection, and more.

Headquartered in the Association’s Washington, DC, office, Mr. Desmond oversees the Toy Association’s product safety and standards initiatives, technical affairs, state, federal and international legislative and regulatory outreach, and related advocacy and communications programs.

Prior to joining the Toy Association, Mr. Desmond served as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Previously, he served as Director of Government Affairs for several large multi-national corporations. He began his career as legislative counsel for a U.S. Congressman.