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Paul H. Turner (June 2008 - Present)

Paul Turner

     Paul H. Turner has over 16 years of experience as a local, state and national leader in civic engagement, election reform and economic development policy.

     Turner served 5 years at the Greenlining Institute, a Berkeley-based nonprofit with a mission to empower disadvantaged groups, where he advised community and civil rights groups, corporate leaders and others, while framing campaign finance reform as a civil rights issue.

     As the senior program manager and national director of the Greenlining Institute’s Claiming Our Democracy Program, Turner has been a national advocate for open, honest and accountable government through same-day voter registration, full public campaign financing of elections, independent redistricting commissions and instant run-off voting, among other reforms.

     Assisting with the passage of the landmark Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold Act), Turner was part of the advocacy coalition submitting amicus curiae briefs to the US Supreme Court on the bill’s behalf.

     Turner began his career as community economic development coordinator for the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in Los Angeles. He then helped establish the West Angeles Community Development Corporation in South LA, a non-profit development group affiliated with the 20,000-member West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Serving as Director of Economic Development from 1994 to 1998, Turner helped make the West Angeles CDC into one of the largest and most effective faith-based community development organizations in America.

     Turner was appointed to the City Ethics Commission by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to succeed Robert M. Saltzman, who was appointed by the Mayor to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. Following the end of Saltzman's term, the Mayor reappointed Turner to a full five-year term that will end June 30, 2015. Turner served as the Commission's vice president from 2009 to 2011 and was elected to serve as its president for FY11-12.

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