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Beth E. Quill serves as executive director of the Children's Defense Fund Texas office, responsible for the executive management of state operations, programming, and fundraising for the state with the highest number and rate of uninsured children.
Quill joined CDF from the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health in Houston where, for 14 years, she served as associate professor of management, policy and community health. In this role, she was responsible for educating master's and doctoral public health students on management and policy sciences, administration, public health and advanced leadership. She coordinated three academic programs: the MSN/ MPH dual program; community health practice and leadership studies program, and provides national leadership on public health and academic issues through the Association of Schools of Public Health.
Prior to UT, Quill served for 11 years in three director-level positions in Rhode Island's Health Department, after which she administered the Northeast District Department of Health in Connecticut. Quill directed agencies and programs at local, state and regional levels; provided expertise on maternal and child health policy issues at the state level; directed programs for children, adolescents, and families at risk in rural and urban settings; and provided clinical care to children and adolescents as a pediatric nurse practitioner in private practice, hospitals, community health centers and homes.
An American Leadership Forum senior fellow, Quill has served on numerous advisory committees, councils, and boards including the Texas Advisory Committee on Health Disparities, the National Public Health Leadership Development Network of St. Louis., and the Children's Commission of Connecticut.
"Beth Quill has maintained a lifelong commitment to changing the odds for vulnerable women and children and will be a powerful and effective voice for the children of Texas," said CDF president Marian Wright Edelman.