Cristina Nieves Quinn, Program Manager

Cristina Nieves Quinn, a young woman with dark hair and eyes, holds her cat Yogi, a grey and white tabby with blue eyes. Cristina is the Program Manager at PAWS NY.

Cristina (she/her) has loved animals her whole life. From the rescue animals she shared her home with growing up, to her sweet cat, Yogi, that she found on the street as a sick kitten, caring for and appreciating the love that animals can give has always been an important part of her life. She lived upstate while getting a B.S. in Human Development and a B.A. in Sociology. During this time, her drive to connect with and support underserved communities was strengthened as she worked with multiple nonprofit organizations. After graduating, Cristina stayed upstate to work at a Center for Civic Engagement with the nonprofit Promise Zone Community Schools to support the needs of K-12 youth who face various academic, emotional, and financial obstacles to success. She also cofounded and then directed a volunteer-run organization, Binghamton Food Rescue, which meets a critical need in the food insecure regions of New York's Southern Tier, and they continue to do great work to this day. In her spare time in Brooklyn, she works with OurFoodNYC to get food to our community through distributions and their free fridge network across multiple boroughs.