Toby Graff was named Vice President, Public Affairs in October 2002. She reports to Meredith Wagner, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, Lifetime Entertainment Services.
In her role, Graff is responsible for expanding Lifetime’s efforts on-air, online and in communities around the country to inform and support women on a wide range of issues affecting them and their families through the network’s Emmy Award-winning Our Lifetime Commitment public affairs campaigns. Among the nationwide, multi-media initiatives Graff spearheads are the movement to end violence against women, an initiative to encourage women to register, vote and run for elected office, the effort to promote early childhood learning and quality child care, which includes promoting passage of critical national legislation and shaping progressive public policies important to women. Her team successfully helped to get a bill passed and signed into law that will eliminate the backlog of untested DNA evidence from crime scenes and put tens of thousands of rapists in jail.
In addition, Graff oversees the Network’s corporate giving and participation in industry, community and charitable events.
Graff joined Lifetime in 2000 as Director, Corporate Communications. Prior to that, she served for more than two years as Deputy Press Secretary for then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Previously, Graff worked on health care and welfare reform as a Special Assistant for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
She began her political career as Assistant Press Secretary for the Clinton-Gore 1992 Presidential Campaign, working out of the Frankfurt, Kentucky office.
Graff earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction in Political Science from Boston University. Graff also studied at the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Graff lives in New York City.