Jane Quinn, assistant executive director for community schools with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS), will deliver the keynote address during the Brown School diploma ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, May 21, in Graham Chapel.
Quinn joined CAS in January 2000. In this capacity, she directs the National Technical Assistance Center for community schools and lends strategic planning and fundraising expertise to the Society’s 20 community schools in New York City.
Quinn came to CAS from the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, where she served as program director from January 1993 to November 1999, a period during which this national foundation’s sole focus was the education and career development of young people, especially those growing up in low-income communities. Prior to that she directed a national study of youth organizations for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which resulted in the publication of a book entitled A Matter of Time: Risk and Opportunity in the Nonschool Hours.
From 1981 to 1990, Quinn served as director of program services for Girls Clubs of America, a national organization based in New York. In prior years, she held positions in Washington, D.C., at the D.C. Health Department and the Center for Population Options. In addition, she was a caseworker for the Juvenile Protective Association of Chicago, and Family Counseling Center, Catholic Charities of Buffalo, N.Y.
The 149th Commencement ceremony for the entire university begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 21, in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus. U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, PhD, will deliver the Commencement address, and 2,706 candidates will receive 2,809 degrees.