Former State Senator and Sanders Campaign Surrogate
Throughout her career in public service – as a legislative aide, a cabinet member in Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White’s administration, a lobbyist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, a Cleveland City Councilmember, a State Senator and a candidate for Secretary of State – Nina Turner has made it her mission to empower individuals, institutions, and communities to achieve their greatest greatness. Turner is currently a professor of history at Cuyahoga Community College and Chair of Party Engagement at the Ohio Democratic Party. In this role, Turner is involved in the planning and implementation of all political, constituency and issue-based outreach and programming. At Turner’s urging, Governor Kasich created the Ohio Task Force on Community and Police Relations. Turner co-chaired the Task Force and now sits on the newly formed Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board –created to develop the first-ever standards for law-enforcement agencies statewide. Turner is a board member of the Karamu House, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and the Cleveland Police Foundation. Turner’s work ethic, empathy and commitment to public service stem largely from her humble beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio as the oldest of seven children. Turner’s passionate advocacy for economic fairness, workers rights, reproductive freedom and voting rights earned her regular appearances on national television and radio programs.