Joe Quinn is Senior Director, Issue Management and Strategic Outreach, for Walmart Corporate Affairs. Since 2009, Quinn has assisted with the management of the company position on issues ranging from health care reform to national elections. Quinn helps build Walmart relationships with third parties and outside coalitions, and is involved in the communication of grassroots messaging to both internal and external audiences. Prior to joining Corporate Affairs, Quinn was a part of the Walmart Benefits Division working to make company benefits as affordable and accessible as possible to 1.4 million Walmart associates in the United States. Walmart is the largest employer in America with more than one million people on the company health plan.
In 2006, Quinn was part of the Wal-Mart group that rolled out the innovative $4 generic drug program that changed the healthcare landscape in America by saving Americans more than $2.5 billion. For this work Quinn was one of the 2007 co-winners of the companies Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur Award.
Prior to joining Wal-Mart in 2006, Quinn was Director of Policy for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Quinn was responsible for the development of the Healthy Arkansas Initiative that became Healthy America when Huckabee was elected Chairman of the National Governors Association. Quinn was also instrumental in the development of the nationally acclaimed ARKids First program that reduced the number of uninsured Arkansas children by half.
In 2002, Quinn was Director of Communications for the successful Huckabee reelection campaign. Prior to that Quinn was Director of Communications for the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Before entering public service, Quinn was an award-winning television journalist with the CBS TV affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Quinn is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of Arkansas. He and his wife Shannon have two amazing children…Jimmy and Ava. In 2010, Quinn co-chaired a successful community campaign to raise $70 million in new funding for the Bentonville Public Schools.