Rafael Turner

Rafael Turner, panelist Flint Homecoming

Program Office at Ruth Mott Foundation
Vice Chair, Charles Stewart Mott Community College Board of Trustees

Rafael Turner has served on the Charles Stewart Mott Community College Board of Trustees since March 2011. He was elected by the board as Vice Chair in January 2017. Trustee Turner, joined the college with a wealth of experience and a diverse professional background in working to assist private, public and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to revitalize urban centers.

Rafael brings more than 16 years of public policy experience to the college in the areas of higher education, economic opportunity and workforce development. He currently serves as an executive board member for The Association of Community College Trustees. (ACCT) a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and Canada.

Rafael is also a Program Office at the Ruth Mott Foundation. The Ruth Mott Foundation (RMF) is dedicated to cultivating community vitality and inspiring hope and pride in Flint, Michigan. The grant making arm of the Foundation supports that through funding projects and organizations that advance priorities in youth development, public safety, economic opportunity and neighborhoods and by convening partners to address pressing community needs.

Prior to his work at the foundation, Rafael served as Deputy District Director in the office of United States Congressman Dale E. Kildee and as Regional Director in the office of Unites States Senator Carl Levin.  Mr. Turner has worked closely with senior elect officials in both the U.S. House and Senate to build synergies in the public sectors to help Michigan communities thrive. Rafael implemented strategies of value to Flint, Genesee County and the East Michigan Prosperity Region.

Rafael is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication and Media Studies, and of the University of Michigan, with a Master’s in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management.