The success of South by North Strategies, Ltd. flows from the expertise and talents of its network of skilled researchers, analysts, writers, and designers. Project teams are tailored to best meet the requirements of specific projects. All of the firm’s research unfolds under the direction of John Quinterno, the founder and principal of South by North Strategies, Ltd.
John Quinterno, Principal
John Quinterno is a principal with South by North Strategies, Ltd. Areas of expertise include labor market analysis, workforce development, social insurance, and postsecondary education.
Quinterno possesses an academic background in public affairs and extensive professional experience. Prior to starting South by North Strategies, Ltd., Quinterno worked for the nonprofit North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, where he oversaw the center’s work related to employment, higher education, workforce development, and unemployment insurance. For instance, he authored well-received studies of the fiscal problems facing the state’s unemployment insurance system (Buddy Can You Spare A Dime?), the challenges facing working families (Making Ends Meet on Low Wages), and ways in which the state’s workforce system could better serve low-income working adults (North Carolina’s Unfinished Transformation).
Earlier in his career, Quinterno worked at the University of North Carolina Program on Public Life, a research center, and The HOPE Program, a job training organization in New York City.
Known for a clear communication style and ability to translate complex issues into forms easily grasped by public officials and citizens, Quinterno has become a respected commentator on policy matters. His writings have appeared in various print, broadcast, and online publications, and he appears regularly in media stories focused on issues of economic and social policy.
Quinterno currently is at work on his first book, a practical guide to regional economic and social analysis, which is slated for publication in late 2013 by M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
Over the years, Quinterno he has served on numerous public and non-governmental committees related to the public workforce system. Quinterno currently is a member of the board of directors of the International Affairs Council of North Carolina. He formerly served on the steering committee of the Triangle Gives Back Initiative of the Triangle Community Foundation, on the board of the Emerging Tar Heel Leaders Network, and on the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition.
In 2010, Quinterno was named a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Quinterno earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Originally from Rockville Centre, New York, Quinterno resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Click to read the article “Public Policy with a Passion,” a profile of John Quinterno and South by North Strategies, Ltd. that appeared in The Carrboro Citizen.
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