Brian C. Quinn, PhD, brings his extensive background in health policy analysis and innovative program development to his work as the Foundation’s assistant vice president, Research-Evaluation-Learning (REL). In this role he collaborates with the vice president for REL in leading a team dedicated to understanding and measuring the key health and health care issues that are part of the Foundation’s strategy, as well as assessing the Foundation’s organizational performance. Quinn works with the vice president on the team’s strategic and tactical decisions and oversees its daily operations. He also ensures that the Foundation’s 40 years of research and evaluation initiatives, which have been integral to its success and have informed the field of philanthropy as a whole, receive widespread dissemination.
“RWJF has a distinguished history of research and evaluation and our unit’s work has had a major impact on health and health care nationwide,” says Quinn. “One of our major objectives is to develop and disseminate our focused research and to share our challenges, our successes, and the lessons we’ve learned.”
Prior to being named assistant vice president, Quinn was the team director of the Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio, which promotes innovative projects marked by their ability to affect transformational change in health and health care. Quinn led a host of breakthrough Pioneer projects such as the Program in the Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS), which looked to expand awareness of the field of placebo studies; the NYC Macroscope program, the first domestic effort to aggregate electronic health record data into a surveillance tool to inform public health decisions; and Extending the Cure, a project that addresses the rising public health problem of antibacterial resistance to antibiotics. He was also instrumental in establishing the Foundation’s initial perspectives and approaches to the issue of global health.
Previously, Quinn directed a range of health policy research studies and analyses in the Research and Evaluation unit, where he developed and managed projects to bridge the research and policy worlds. Most notably, he helped support work that contributed to the policy debates around the design and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He also served as program officer on the RWJF Synthesis Project, which supports researchers to synthesize complex research findings on perennial health policy questions for the policy community.
Quinn joined the Foundation in 2006, after serving as a research associate at the Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, he served as an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) predoctoral fellow. Quinn also worked as a research assistant/programmer at Mathematica Policy Research. Quinn holds a PhD in health services and policy analysis from the University of California, Berkley, and a BA in economics from Colby College in Maine. His training includes a certificate of study from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has written and presented extensively on health and health care reform. He also serves on the N.J. Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land.
Born in New Hampshire, Quinn resides in Peapack-Gladstone, N.J., with his wife Tacy who is an associate director for digital media for W. W. Norton publishing, and their sons Charlie and Teddy. In his leisure time, he enjoys cooking, skiing, traveling, and rooting for any Boston sports team.