Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
On September 20, 2017, Cameron Quinn joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department as it secures the Nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law. Late Summer 2019, Officer Quinn was tapped to be the Departmental senior official to be the lead for Women, Peace, and Security for DHS.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Quinn served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also served as a senior policy advisor in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; as counsel to the Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board; and as an assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia, among other prior jobs. Relevant to her work on WPS, Ms. Quinn also worked earlier in her career at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau. Among other civil and community activity, Ms. Quinn served on the Virginia State advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and spent much of the past 25 years on boards affiliated with Community Residences, Inc., which focuses on providing community-based alternatives to the institutionalization of people with mental health or intellectual disabilities. Ms. Quinn spent a number of years specializing in election law and administration, including serving as chief State election official for Virginia, and chief local election official for Fairfax County, Virginia. Additionally, she served as the U.S. elections advisor for IFES, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and was with the Federal Voting Assistance Program, focused on military and overseas voters, at the U.S. Department of Defense. Ms. Quinn also taught election law for more than a decade at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School. In addition to Ms. Quinn’s civil rights, employment, and elections experience, she spent several years in private practice at Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Quinn is a graduate of the University of Florida, and earned both her Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree in accounting from the University of Virginia.