Kirstin S. Toth
Senior Vice President / ktoth@garfdn.org

Kirstin S. Toth is senior vice president at GAR Foundation. With a breadth of experience in the non-profit and public sectors, Kirstin leads several community outreach projects and convenings, seeking to support nonprofit sector leadership and collaboration for impact.

A public education expert deeply committed to the success of all students, Kirstin led the strategic re-positioning of the Cradle to Career Alliance as the chair of Summit Education Initiative’s board of trustees, setting a new course for community-wide attention to education as an economic development imperative. She also serves as the chair of the board of ConxusNEO, a backbone organization committed to cultivating a demand-driven, data-informed system that drives talent development to meet the workforce needs of businesses.

Kirstin is also a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Akron’s Civic Solutions Lab focused on addressing Akron’s need for a high-functioning early childhood education system. She also serves on several of Summit Education Initiative’s transition teams, Summit County’s First Things First advisory committee, United Way of Summit County’s Education Allocations Team, the Fund for Our Economic Future Executive Committee, and is an active member of the national Grantmakers for Education and Philanthropy Ohio.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kirstin worked in the private sector in banking and publishing, and also spent nearly a decade as a consultant for public entities seeking to finance the remediation and redevelopment of brownfields. Client-focused management included work for a variety of public and private organizations including the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council, the Ohio School Facilities Commission, and the Ohio Department of Development.

Kirstin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University, a Master of Public Administration in economic development from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in higher education at Kent State University.  She lives in Hudson with her husband, three cats, and two sons who come home to visit and stay as long as they would like.