With more than two decades spent in U.S. politics, opinion research and international project management, principal Christine Quirk brings a unique combination of political campaign and communications skills and experience conducting groundbreaking opinion research projects in some of the world's most challenging places to assist her clients around the globe. She specializes in quantitative, qualitative and political project management, particularly in the developing world and conflict zones.
Since founding Quirk Global Strategies in early 2007, her client list has grown to include political consultants, USAID and DFID contractors, Fortune 500 PR firms, pollsters and international NGOs. She specializes in public opinion in the Muslim world (including Afghanistan, Pakistan and FATA, Yemen, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, West Bank/Gaza, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Djibouti and the Gulf) as well as the former Soviet Union (Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, for example) and Africa (Tanzania, Libya, Liberia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Rwanda). She has also worked in Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, China and Taiwan.
From 2004 until 2007, she worked for National Democratic Institute, first as Country Director in Azerbaijan during the tumultuous period leading up to the country's 2005 Parliamentary election. She advised the opposition political parties on strategies for addressing election fraud and communicating with and organizing their voters more effectively. Later, she later advised Ukraine's Presidential Secretariat on how to create a strategic, democratic presidency, focusing on polling, voter outreach and communications. Her project also included cooperation with top leaders from the executive branches of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to share with Ukrainians lessons learned from the EU ascension process.
As Partner in the Portland, Oregon-based opinion research and strategic communications firm Grove Quirk Insight until 2003, she was instrumental in the growth of one of the most respected boutique polling firms in the country. In addition to political campaigns, her clients included all types of labor unions, environmental organizations, corporations and interest groups seeking strategic advice on how to advance their agenda or alter public perceptions. She continues to advise US clients on research-based advocacy campaigns.
As a campaign strategist, she helped build the firm's unmatched record of prevailing on ballot initiatives and worked on some of the most high profile candidate and ballot measures campaigns of the early 2000s. She played a key role in a number of top tier races, including Ted Kulongoski for Governor (OR), Governor Janet Napolitano/Arizona Democratic Party, Senator Ron Wyden (OR), Al Gore's campaign in Oregon and dozens of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives.
She also has a wealth of on-the-ground political campaign and communications experience, having served as communications and research director for campaigns and non-profits.
Christine has worked, traveled or studied in more than 70 countries around the world, starting with post-Communist Poland in 1991 after graduating from Santa Clara University with a BS in Political Science. She collects textiles and sovietica and is an avid photographer as well.