Rhianna Quinn Roddy is Scholarship America’s Executive Director, managing the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, a fund established by President Clinton and Senator Dole in the aftermath of 9/11. The Fund supports post-secondary education for the children and spouses of those lost on 9/11 and, to date, has awarded $148 million in scholarships to over 3,300 students.
Prior to joining Scholarship America, Ms. Quinn Roddy held the positions of Chief Marketing Officer for Lighthouse International and Vice President of Global and Domestic Tourism for NYC & Company, the official tourism bureau for New York City. Her background also includes more than 20 years with Delta Air Lines in a variety of executive roles in the U.S., Europe, India and Asia, where she led international marketing efforts.
Ms. Quinn Roddy was appointed Strategic Communications Advisor by the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Her work has been recognized by many organizations, including the Irish government, for her work in promoting tourism. Ms. Quinn Roddy was asked to be Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, the first female Grand Marshal in the history of this parade! She has also been recognized by Manhattan’s YWCA, where she was inducted into their Academy of Women Leaders for her many achievements in business and contributions to the successes of other women.
Ms. Quinn Roddy is a current board member of The Bridges Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, NYC & Company’s Executive Committee and the U.S. Chambers of Commerce boards in Ireland, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Ms. Quinn Roddy earned a BA from Stony Brook University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She spent three years at the Sorbonne and College de France in Paris and also attended Kent University in England. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband, Eugene, and their young son, Conor.