Contributor

Christine C. Quinn

President and CEO of Win and former Speaker of the New York City Council

Christine Quinn is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Win (formerly Women in Need), the largest nonprofit dedicated to providing homeless women and children with shelter and access to supportive housing in New York. <br /> <br /> Prior to becoming President and CEO, she served as Special Advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo, focusing on women’s issues across New York State, and led the effort to pass legislation to stop rape and sexual assaults on college campuses. Quinn served as a member of the New York City Council from 1999-2013 and served for seven years as the elected Speaker of the Council, making her the first woman and the first openly gay Speaker, as well as the highest-ranking openly gay official in City history. As Speaker, she helped create thousands of new jobs in New York’s five boroughs, passed living wage legislation, and enacted a series of tenant protection laws throughout the City. She was instrumental in working to see marriage equality pass in the New York State Legislature and has been a national leader in the LGBT rights movement. <br /> <br /> Prior to serving in elected office, she was the Chief of Staff to then-New York City Council Member Tom Duane, and was Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project, where she worked closely with the New York City Police Department to reduce hate crimes. <br /> <br /> Christine Quinn currently serves on the Boards of Athlete Ally, an organization dedicated to ending homophobia and transphobia in sports, and NARAL Pro-Choice New York. She is a former Harvard University Institute of Politics Fellow. She and her wife, Kim Catullo, live in Chelsea with her rescue dog Justin.