Quintina Barnett Gallion

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Associate Executive Director, Strategy and Planning

Strategy & Planning Division

Quintina is a change-maker and connector committed to access and equitable outcomes.

Quintina has a long history of bringing the right people together to build communities dedicated to various social causes, including privacy and data, program integrity, access and equal opportunity, veterans issues, immigration policy, and international policy — all as it relates to higher education.

Quintina traveled the world as a child, regularly changing classrooms, countries, and cultures as an “Army Brat.” As the daughter of a mother raised in poverty in Mississippi and an immigrant from Panamá, she is a first-generation college graduate who discovered a love for ethnography through her undergraduate work in Sociology and qualitative research through her graduate work in Communication Strategy. She developed a true understanding of the challenges of student success through her volunteer work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Vice President of the CASA DC Professionals Council where she worked with Washington, D.C. foster youth to improve their access to resources, structure their home environment, and ensure they understand positive outcomes are achievable.

Quintina also maintains a commitment to veterans. For three years she served as the Event Director for the GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C. managing over twenty-five separate events over the span of a week, including film screenings, trainings, workshops, receptions, concerts, awards shows, and celebrity meet-and-greets dedicated to supporting the continued education of veterans and ensuring an accurate portrayal of servicemembers in film and television.

Quintina holds an MS in Mass Communication – Communication Strategy from Virginia Commonwealth University, a BS in Business Administration and Sociology & Anthropology from Washington & Lee University as well as a Digital Marketing certification from Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington, D.C., the lands of the Nacotchtank (Anacostan), where she enjoys practicing Kung Fu and biking with her husband and children.

Quintina's Role at AACRAO

Quintina is the executive lead responsible for AACRAO's position in the field of higher education administrators. She synchronizes all association staff, activities, and offerings to fulfill AACRAO's five strategic goals.