Governor Murphy Appoints Kevin Quinn to Reform New Jersey Economic Development Authority as Chairman
“Reclaiming New Jersey’s status as an economic power requires a strong and focused EDA that will work tirelessly to implement the policies our economy needs to grow,” said Governor Murphy. “Economic development is much more than providing tax incentives to a few big corporations, and requires investing in our diverse people, ideas, and businesses. With Kevin’s wealth of experience, I am confident that he will be able to advance our vision for a new economy in which companies flourish and workers prosper.”
“I’m honored to be appointed by Governor Murphy as the new Chairman of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority,” said Kevin Quinn, incoming Chair of the EDA Board of Directors. “It is clear that the Economic Development Authority is in dire need of reform and I am committed to realizing Governor Murphy’s vision of a stronger and fairer economy, and rebuilding our economy from the middle class outward. I am excited to take on this new challenge and bring my experience to the agency during this critical juncture.”
“Under Gov. Murphy’s leadership, the EDA is working to reclaim New Jersey’s leadership position in the Innovation Economy, and Kevin’s experience and expertise will be invaluable in pursuing that critical goal,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of the EDA. “I’m thrilled Gov. Murphy has chosen him to Chair the EDA board and am looking forward to working with him to advance the Governor’s economic development agenda.”
Quinn is the founder of Genki Advisory, an advisory and investment firm focused on early stage companies. With a portfolio of over 30 companies, Genki Advisory has invested across the tech, consumer and health care sectors.
For over 20 years, Quinn was employed at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked with high tech companies in the firm’s investment banking division. Kevin served in a number of senior roles in Goldman Sachs’s New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo offices. In 2012, he retired as a Partner and Co-Head of the Global Technology Banking business. Prior to his time at Goldman Sachs, Kevin worked as a consultant at Bain & Co. in its Boston office.
Kevin is the Board Chair of Brady, one of the nation’s leading gun violence prevention organizations. Brady actively partners with national and local organizations to work cooperatively to combat gun violence. Organizational partners include over 40 national groups focused on public health, education, law enforcement, and civil rights. These partners include the American Pediatric Association, American Federation of Teachers, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Interfaith Initiative Against Gun Violence, among others.
“Kevin Quinn has served as Brady’s Chairman during a remarkable time of growth and momentum for the gun violence prevention movement. At every step, he has stewarded the Board and our organization to focus on our mission, incubate new and potentially transformative ideas, and define a course that will have the impact we all seek—to save lives tragically lost to the epidemic of gun violence,” said Kris Brown, President of Brady, one of the nation’s leading gun violence prevention organizations. “Kevin is measured but passionate, extremely strategic but unafraid to take calculated risks, pragmatic but full of heart. I cannot imagine a more devoted Chairman of our Board, better thought partner, or more accessible, committed champion for our cause than Kevin.”
Kevin is a member of the finance and stewardship councils of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Short Hills, NJ. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Business School. From 2013 to 2017, Kevin was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Eugene Lang Center of Columbia Business School.
He resides in Essex County with his wife, Jane, and their three children.