May 28, 2021
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2021 Commencement Speaker
State Representative Quentin “Q” Phipps
State Representative Quentin “Q” Phipps is honored to serve the residents of Middletown in the 100th District, which includes the Downtown, Northend, South Fire District, Wesleyan Hills and Wesleyan University areas.
Quentin, a lifelong resident of Middletown who resides on Bretton Road, takes great pride in championing equitable solutions for all and is the first African American to represent the City of Middletown in the Connecticut General Assembly.
He is a graduate of Middletown Public Schools, earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Bryant University, a Master’s of Public Administration from Villanova University.
Shortly after his graduation from Bryant, Quentin continued working in community banking in Hartford’s Northend. In 2012, “Q” embarked on a new professional career path in not-for-profit management and was named Executive Director of the Middletown Downtown Business District. As director for the DBD, he launched Middletown’s first Middletown Restaurant Week.
Quentin now serves Excellence Community Schools as their Director of Advocacy and Policy. In this role, he builds capacity and supports Excellence Community School families through advocacy, community organizing, and strategic partnering. “Q” is also the co-founder and co-director of EquityCT, a nonprofit dedicated to creating learning opportunities, building actionable understanding of equity, and consciously dismantling systemic inequity through action and civic engagement.
Phipps was named “40 Under 40” in Fairfield County Business Journal (2017) Hartford Business Journal (2015) and Connecticut Magazine (2013) for his professional and volunteerism achievements. “Q” was an American Council for Young Political Leaders Russia Delegate (2016), Community Foundation of Middlesex County Next Generation Leader (2018), Jewish Federation of North America Municipal Leader Israel Exchange (2019), and a State Legislative Leader Foundation Emerging Leader (2020).
Quentin takes great pride in his involvement with numerous charitable and service organizations. He served on the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater Board of Directors, Middlesex United Way Board of Directors, Middletown Racial Justice Coalition (steering committee), Middlesex Substance Abuse Action Council Board of Directors and as an active member in Cross Street Zion A.M.E.Church, Middletown Young Democrats, The Community Foundation of Middlesex County Live Local Give Local 365 Fund, and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Alliance (steering committee). He is a former Columbus House (formerly Red Cross) Chocolate to the Rescue event Chair and has also served on the board of directors for Middlesex Historical Society and Mount Saint John Academy and president of Connecticut Young Democrats.
“Q” Phipps was elected City Treasurer in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. In 2007, Quentin was elected to the Planning & Zoning commission and in 2009 he was unanimously elected Chair of the Commission.