Deirdre Quarnstrom

Deirdre Quarnstrom


Seattle, Washington



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Deirdre Quarnstrom is a General Manager in the Xbox division at Microsoft, where she is responsible for strategy, product development, and community engagement for Minecraft in education.

Since joining the Block by Block board in July 2015, Deirdre has participated in Block by Block events in Kosovo, Quito, Anaheim, Hanoi, Nairobi, and Kalobeyei. She has represented Block by Block as a panelist at MINECON 2016 in Anaheim, California and at the UN’s global Habitat III conference in Quito. She currently chairs the foundation’s Communications Committee, working with fellow board members and partners to inspire others with the Block by Block story.

Deirdre holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA from Seattle University, and she recently completed the Executive Education Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She also serves as a Trustee on the board of the French American School of Puget Sound, an independent school in the Seattle area. Deirdre enjoys jogging and spending time with her family in the parks near her home in Seattle.

I got involved with Block by Block because I believe games can transform how we live, work, and play. Because anyone can create in Minecraft, people of all backgrounds and ages can show what they need in their cities by building their ideas in Minecraft. City officials and architects are truly amazed and inspired by the passionate voices and rich design input from their citizens.
— Deirdre Quarnstrom