NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn will head a nonprofit that aids homeless women and children.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Quinn will start her position Nov. 2 at Women in Need, known as Win.

She replaces Bonnie Stone, who is retiring.

Quinn told The Times that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration appears to be doing the best it can with a homelessness crisis that it “inherited.”

Win houses about 3,900 women and children in 11 shelters. It also helps women with employment, education and other needs.

Quinn became the first female and first LGBT Speaker of the New York City Council in 2006, making her the highest-ranking openly LGBT official in city history. She also served as a City Council member from 1999-2013.

Quinn left government after losing her 2013 mayoral bid. She was defeated by de Blasio in the Democratic primary.

She has had a fellowship at the Harvard University Institute of Politics and most recently has served as a special adviser on women’s issues to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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