Director of Strategic Initiatives & Senior Policy Adviser
Greater Baltimore Committee
As a senior at the College of Charleston, Adrea Turner interned at the Charleston County (South Carolina) Public Defender’s Office.
She learned firsthand how significantly someone’s life can be impacted by getting tangled up with the justice system. Since then, she has worked on multiple criminal justice reform and reentry initiatives across the country.
In South Carolina, she helped advocate for and supported statewide legislation to expand the offenses that are eligible for expungement and then assembled a task force of leaders to ensure the law was implemented to assist as many people as possible.
Even when emotions can run high, she said she stays focused on evaluating the effectiveness of programs in adult corrections, juvenile justice and parole and probation to reduce recidivism and help people reenter society after being jailed.
She’s led a multidisciplinary team at the District Department of Transportation through the final testing and federal approvals needed to open the first line of the DC Streetcar. And she’s participated in national meetings focused on building business support for second chance hiring.
“I believe that my solid research and use of data to inform my approach and build my case contributes to my success in achieving desired outcomes,” she said.
Turner, 38, is currently the director of strategic initiatives and senior policy adviser with the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC).
At the GBC, she led efforts to plan and convene the first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit to join majority and minority businesses in the region to discuss ways to make local communities more equitable and inclusive.
“I am a tireless advocate for those whose voices are underrepresented and believe that my passion for my work drives my success in achieving measurable progress across multiple issue areas,” she said.