Nina Turner

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Nina Turner
Former Ohio State Senator

Most recently a national surrogate for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, Nina Turner is an insightful advocate and agent for social change. Today, she serves as president of Our Revolution, an organization created by Senator Sanders to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate political consciousness.

When she served in the Ohio Senator, Senator Turner was known as a fierce advocate, garnering recognition and praise by elected leaders from across the political spectrum. Her political experience as an elected member of the Cleveland City Council and a strategic leader of the Ohio Democratic Party afford her a unique understanding of government processes, and how to overcome partisan perspectives.

Outside of the political arena, Senator Turner has nearly a decade of experience as a college professor and motivational speaker. She routinely travels across the country to inspire action and instill hope in crowds of more than 20,000. A champion for progressive causes such as labor, women’s reproductive health, voting rights, and income inequality, Senator Turner forms deep connections with people from all walks of life.

In 2011, The Nation Magazine named her “Most Valuable State Senator,” and The Root listed her as one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in the U.S. in 2014. Cleveland’s Inside Business magazine recognized her as one of the Top 25 most powerful people in Northeast Ohio for 2015. Most recently, she made the Politico Playbook Powerlist 18 to Watch in 2018.

In addition to her leadership at Our Revolution, Senator Turner also serves as a Fellow of the Sanders Institute, a group of leaders dedicated to transforming our democracy through the research, education, outreach and the advancement of bold, progressive ideas and values. She is also a political analyst and has appeared on shows such as CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper and Comedy Central’s The President’s Show.

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