Jim Quent

With more than 25 years of experience within the mechanics of New York City, New York State and local government legislative and regulatory processes, politics, and both private and non-profit sectors, Jim Quent is an accomplished and sought-after government affairs, communications and public policy strategist.

Throughout his career, Mr. Quent has represented a varied clientele including not-for-profit service providers (Coalition for the Homeless; Legal Aid Society; Special Olympics), Fortune 100 companies (Coca-Cola Company; the Home Depot), technology solutions providers (Avaya, Arcadia, TikTok), construction associations (NYC Special Riggers Association, Hoisting and Scaffolding Trade Association), site safety professionals (Construction Safety Advisory Committee of NY) and higher education institutions (Metropolitan College of New York, DeVry College). Fluent in both English and Spanish, Mr. Quent is a highly skilled communications professional whose keen vision, thoughtful insight and demonstrated leadership serve as an incredible strategic asset.

Jim has been recognized as one of New York’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars: The Next Generation of Political Leaders in New York” in 2008 by City Hall News (now City & State Magazine), as a King of Queens by the Star Network in 2017, as one of The Top 50 NYC Lobbyists in 2021 by City and State Magazine, and most recently, as a City & State 2022 “Age Disrupter”. Mr. Quent’s vast government experience includes positions as Deputy Chief of Staff to a NYS Assembly Speaker, Deputy Press Secretary for two NYS Comptrollers, Legislative and Communications Associate with the Medical Society of the State of New York, and Chief of Staff to a NYS Assemblyman.

A seasoned political operative, Mr. Quent has managed campaigns for the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee, served as Communications Director for Tom DiNapoli’s 2001 race for Nassau County Executive, and directed statewide field operations for former State Comptroller Carl McCall’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign.

As a passionate supporter of civic engagement, Mr. Quent volunteers with multiple organizations to encourage young professionals to get involved in government and politics. He is also a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team and the Suffolk County Medical Response Corps. Mr. Quent has raised funds to combat cancer for various organizations and served on the American Red Cross of Long Island’s Heroes gala committee in 2023. He is an avid supporter of many worthy causes who would be hard-pressed to turn down any opportunity to have him roll up his sleeves, help others and get involved.

Mr. Quent graduated with a dual B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the State University of New York at Albany, and studied abroad at La Universidad de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain. While he was raised in Forest Hills, Queens, and lived in Albany for 15 years, he now resides in Copiague, Long Island, with his puppy, QoQo, who is happiest during playtime followed by treats and a nap.


Jim Quent


Dual B.A. in Political Science and Spanish
SUNY Albany
La Universidad de Asturias
Oviedo, Spain


  • Lifelong Yanks, Knicks, Rangers and yes…Cowboys Fan
  • I’m a Queens boy
  • Fishing is living
  • New dog owner
  • Ski til you drop

“Jim’s attention to detail and deep knowledge of the governmental and political landscapes in New York City and Albany has aptly helped us best serve not just the needs of our brand, but more importantly the hundreds of franchisees who create jobs and opportunities for thousands of New Yorkers. The vast expertise and support of the dedicated Statewide Public Affairs team have made them an invaluable asset before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. ”

Ashley Coneff, Senior Director of Government Affairs at Dunkin’ Brands

“Jim Quent has been an invaluable part of the New York City Special Riggers Association since 2014.  Our organization has benefited greatly from Jim’s extensive knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes and his personal and professional relationships inside and out of government.  The NYCSRA has been able to serve its members in a much more concrete and productive way due to Jim’s expertise.”

Veronika Sikorski, President of the NYC Special Riggers Association

“Jim is an energetic, thorough, and committed lobbyist. His passion for his work shines through in everything he does!”

Giselle Routhier, Policy Director, Coalition for the Homeless