Toby Usnik founded Philanthropic Impact Partners (π) in 2016. Philanthropic Impact is a global advisory firm that draws on three decades of experience working with the world’s most influential corporations, philanthropists and social innovators to tackle problems both global and local and build a shared sense of community. A small, bespoke firm by design and discipline, Philanthropic Impact provides a consistent, top quality set of value added services to help its clients optimize their philanthropic missions.
Previously, Mr. Usnik was Chief Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer and International Director at Christie’s, the world’s leading art business. In this role, he worked with colleagues, clients, vendors and outside observers to execute Christie’s CSR initiatives globally under its Art+Soul umbrella.
Previously Mr. Usnik was Senior Vice President and International Head of Corporate Communications, Christie’s International, since August 2007. As head of Christie’s global communications staff, he worked closely with all the key specialist departments and management at Christie’s to ensure that Christie’s was recognized as the world’s leading art business. This included responsibility for media relations, public relations, crisis communications and employee communications.
Mr. Usnik joined Christie’s in May 2006 as Vice President, Public Relations, Christie’s Americas. Previously, he was Executive Director of Public Relations for The New York Times Company since 2001, responsible for media relations and crisis communications for the Company’s diverse media properties.
Prior to joining the Times Company, Mr. Usnik was the Director of Global Communications at Razorfish, a firm specializing in digital technology consulting services. He also worked for American Express and World Education Services in New York before.
Mr. Usnik received a B.A. degree in history and French in 1985 from Hampden-Sydney College, an M.S. degree in university administration in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M. Phil. degree in international and comparative education from Columbia University in 1992. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Belgium from 1990 to 1991 and a graduate of the Coro Foundation’s Leadership New York program in 1997.