With 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, experience conducting groundbreaking opinion research projects in some of the world's most challenging places to assist her
clients around the globe. Strategically located in Istanbul, Turkey, she specializes in quantitative, qualitative and political project management 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 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, Djibouti and the Gulf) as well as the former Soviet Union (Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, for example). She has also worked in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, China and Taiwan.
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. 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.
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
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
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.
has worked, traveled or studied in more than 50 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.