Christine C. Quinn is the President and Chief Executive Officer of WIN (formerly Women in Need), the largest provider of shelter, social services, and supportive housing for homeless families in New York City. Quinn is also the Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee and serves on the Democratic National Committee.
A member of the New York City Council from 1999-2013, Quinn served for seven years as the elected Speaker of the Council, making her the first woman and the first openly gay Speaker in New York City history, as well as the highest-ranking openly LGBTQ+ official in New York City history. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Education from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Quinn and her wife, Kim Catullo, live in Chelsea with their rescue dog, Justin.
All four of Quinn’s grandparents were born in Ireland – three in Co. Cork and one in Co. Clare. “I’m 100% Irish,” she says, “Most people in the United States nowadays aren’t 100 percent anything – which is neither good nor bad – but it makes that country very central in your household.”