IRI Names Patrick Quirk Vice President for Strategy, Innovation, and Impact

Washington, DC – Today, the International Republican Institute (IRI) announced that Patrick Quirk, PhD., has been named Vice President for Strategy, Innovation, and Impact. Previously, he served as IRI’s Senior Director for Strategy, Research, and the Center for Global Impact.

In this new role, Dr. Quirk will provide the leadership, management, and vision to ensure that IRI is addressing global challenges to democracy by developing innovative and evidence-based programs, tools, and resources. He will also lead IRI’s organization-wide strategic planning as well as institutional efforts on monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL).

“As the Senior Director of our Center for Global Impact, Patrick has been an invaluable member of our organization, exploring new ways to counter foreign authoritarian influence, combat corruption, make technology work for democracy, and strengthen political parties,” said Daniel Twining, President of IRI. “With his leadership and intellect, Patrick will be an invaluable asset for our executive leadership team as we work to restore democratic momentum across the globe.”

Before joining IRI, Dr. Quirk served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning staff in the Department of State as the lead advisor for fragile states, conflict and stabilization, and foreign assistance. Prior to Policy Planning, he served in State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy. During his government service, Dr. Quirk received several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Dr. Quirk earned a B.A. in History from Bates College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.

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