Daniel J. Quinn


Dan is an experienced policy professional, organizational leader, public speaker, and group facilitator. He has expertise from a multitude of perspectives and is skilled at developing, coordinating, and implementing policy-relevant research in collaboration with policymakers, academics, and small business and nonprofit leaders. He has experience building consensus, fostering coordination across organizations, and collaborating with diverse stakeholders.

He currently manages multiple policy-related projects for nonprofit, philanthropy, corporate, and public-sector clients across the talent and economic policy areas. Dr. Quinn draws on his nearly 20-year career as a classroom teacher to inform all of his work.

Prior to joining PPA, he served as executive director for the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, where he oversaw a nationally recognized policy research agenda. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville and Oakland University. In 2019, Dr. Quinn was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve on Michigan’s A-F Peer Review Panel.

Dr. Quinn currently serves on the board of directors for the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA).

Clients value his ability to provide customized, adaptable consulting services; giving his clients new and deeper understanding to enhance their programs, practices, and policies.


Dr. Quinn holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Oakland University, a master’s degree in education from Saginaw Valley State University, and a bachelor’s in social science from Bowling Green State University.

Also notable

In 2021, he participated in the prestigious Michigan Political Leaders Program (MPLP)—a bi-partisan program that identifies individuals from across the state committed to community service and brings them together to engage in a public policy and leadership curriculum.

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