Joan Quinlan
Vice President, Center for Community Health Improvement

The first 15 years of my career were spent working on women’s issues. I led the Boston branch of 9to5, (yes, Jane Fonda was inspired to make the movie based on it) an organization that worked for equal pay and fair treatment of women office workers. I went on to become one of the leaders of organizing for a national reproductive rights organization and then had the privilege of serving as Governor Michael S. Dukakis’ advisor on women’s issues, where we focused on concerns for low income women such as child care and teen pregnancy. The unifying theme for me has been social justice and equity. It was easy to carry those guiding values into health care at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and, for the past 24 years, as leader of community health work at Mass General. Mass General has been an amazing place to advance issues of health equity and social justice with so many deeply committed people in leadership.