Offering a powerful narrative of overcoming adversity, Nina Turner is a captivating orator who puts political and social trends into an unparalleled perspective...
“All you need in this life to succeed are the Wishbone, Jawbone and Backbone”. -Grandma
Hailed as the Shirley Chisholm of our times, Nina Turner is a motivational speaker, cable news commentator and defining political icon. She is a national co-chair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, a former state senator from Ohio and former professor of African American history. Turner is also a founding member of the Bernie Sanders Institute, an entity dedicated to transforming American democracy through research, education and outreach.
Prior to joining the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, Turner led the grassroots organization, Our Revolution, an entity that Sanders founded to revitalize American democracy and empower progressive leaders. Prior to her stint at the helm of Our Revolution, she was a national surrogate for Sanders (I-VT) during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Notably, she was also the Democratic nominee for the 2014 Ohio Secretary of State race.
While serving in the Ohio Senate, Turner sought to find common ground with Republicans and Independents and to find paths for reconciliation between long-dueling interests. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich invited her to serve on Ohio’s Taskforce on Community-Police Relations, an initiative to address tensions and forge stronger relationships between the community and law enforcement.
While having significant political experience as the one-time president of Our Revolution, former Democratic Party co-chair, former state senator and city councilwoman, Turner’s true gift is oratory. She has the capacity to put political and social trends in perspective, command the attention of people from all walks and cause audiences to rise above the differences spawned by partisan politics. While she may be a political leader by profession, she is a spiritual teacher by calling.
Turner travels the country championing progressive values and channeling the energy of civil rights and abolitionist leaders. Her goal is to raise the political consciousness of the nation, inspire Americans to see one another’s humanity and to pursue justice, at all times and for all people. Having visited each of the 50 states, Turner is a sought-after public speaker who has spoken before crowds in the tens of thousands.
One publication, Nation of Change, summarized her public speaking skills this way,
“Although Sanders has surrounded himself with really exceptional people, including these other campaign co-chairs, Nina Turner, who is perhaps one of the greatest orators in the English language today, is able to make the senator’s case by drawing on her own experiences as an African American woman and is probably one of the main reasons why the candidate has such strong numbers with younger African American voters.”
When she is not traveling the country firing up audiences, she hosts the “We the People” podcast, where she has interviewed cultural icons such as Ice Cube and Michael Render, pka Killer Mike, and advanced humanitarian values. Her show touches on everything from perseverance to resistance.
Her work is not without notice. In 2011, The Nation Magazine named her “Most Valuable State Senator,” and in 2014, The Root listed her as one of the top 100 most influential African Americans in the U.S. In 2015, Cleveland’s Inside Business Magazine recognized her as one of the top 25 most powerful people in Northeast Ohio. Significantly, she was among a select group of leaders featured on Politico Playbook’s Power List as “18 to watch in 2018.” Turner was also cast on the season premiere of the cable network, CW’s “Black Lightening” television show. She played herself in the episode.
As a political commentator, Turner has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows, such as “Meet The Press,” “HBO’s RealTime with Bill Maher,” Comedy Central’s “The President’s Show,” “Democracy Now,” the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Breakfast Club,” “The Bill Press Show” and the “Thom Hartmann Radio Show.” Turner has also been featured in leading print and online publications such as Blavity, Politico, Essence Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Hill, The Afro American and more.