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“Why should the opportunity gap matter for those of us on its lucky side? The answer is that the destiny of poor kids in America has broad implications for our economy, our democracy and our values.” — Robert D. Putnam
Our Story

Established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1994, the inspiration for Tickets for Kids came to founder Susan Weiner during a ballgame. The empty seats seemed so wasteful, and so unnecessary. Couldn’t those seats be filled by the community’s disadvantaged kids?

A nearly identical idea occurred in 2000 to Robb Neuenschwander, Twin Cities resident and avid University of Minnesota Gophers basketball fan. Frustrated that so many game seats went unused, Robb founded Minneapolis-based Tix for Tots to fill those seats with kids and mentors who could use them. Recognizing a shared vision and nearly identical missions, Tix for Tots was merged into Tickets for Kids in 2016.

In January 2019, another like-missioned nonprofit, NY-based Seats of Dreams, was merged into Tickets for Kids’ national network.

Through partnerships with approved and vetted nonprofits serving disadvantaged kids and families, TFK has distributed more than 3.4 million tickets valued in excess of $77 million for experiences in arts & culture, education & STEM, sports & recreation, and family entertainment.

In 2022 alone, TFK distributed more than 135,000 tickets valued at over $4.4 million and partnered with nonprofit organizations in 24 states.

Our Team
Jason Riley
Jason J. Riley
President & CEO
Brandice Miller
Brandice E. Miller
Director of Finance & Administration
Anita Coates
Anita Coates
Director of Ticket Operations
Susan Murray
Regional Director
Twin Cities Region
Robbie Zaremberg
Robbie Zaremberg
Development Manager
Rachel Simon
Rachel Simon
Regional Relationship Manager
Washington, D.C. Region
Giovanna Haider
Ticketing Associate
Comocrea Johnson
Ticketing Associate
Teresa Parra
Ticketing Associate
Laura Sensabaugh
Ticketing Associate
Our Board
Robb Neuenschwander
Robb Neuenschwander, Chair
Senior Director, Enterprise Architecture
Mindset Consulting, LLC
Fran Steger
Fran Steger, Vice Chair
BNY Mellon
David Bieber
David Bieber, Treasurer
Senior Managing Director
Jeff Mallory
Jeff Mallory, Secretary
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Saint Vincent College
Elizabeth Allen
Elizabeth Allen
Allegheny Health Network
Brenda Armstrong
Brenda Armstrong
Senior Director, Co-Op Development
Daryle Bobb
Daryle Bobb
American Paving & Striping
Katrina Brantley
Katrina Brantley
Global Information Technology Counsel
TE Connectivity
Francine Cameron
Francine Cameron
President & CEO
Cameron Professional Services Group, LLC
Elizabeth Colombo
Elizabeth Martin Colombo
Vice President-Corporate Counsel
Davidson Hospitality Group
Jeff Funovits
Jeff Funovits
Campus Planning Director/Principal
Clint Greenbaum
Clint Greenbaum
Making Headway Foundation
Jana Johnson
Jana Johnson
Senior Director, Distribution Partnerships
TodayTix Group
Jesse McLean
Jesse McLean, MA
Executive Director
Pressley Ridge/Western PA & NE Ohio
Deb Rohloff
Deb Rohloff
VP & Director of Client & Community Relations
Bruce Weiner
Bruce B. Weiner, Emeritus
Longboat Enterprises