Caren Z. Turner, CEO, Turner Government & Public Affairs plays an active role in every client’s government and public affairs strategy. Campaigns led by Turner GPA are noted for their high energy, intense focus and no nonsense approach.
She has been referred to as “a woman on a mission” (CBS TV), creating legislative solutions where “pigs fly” (NRA News) and having an “iron fist in a velvet glove”. With over twenty-five years federal government relations experience, she has earned the respect of both Republican and Democratic policymakers. Her solutions to business problems are innovative, often radically different from the “norm” and designed to maximize her client’s bottom line with minimal legislative tinkering.
Given Ms. Turner’s training as a litigator, presentations to policymakers are fact intensive and designed to highlight a convincing business and policy “case”. She advocates winning on the merits of the argument, not on the contacts. Moreover, she has instilled in the firm that Turner GPA must “do it right or don’t do it at all.”
Ms. Turner is proud to have won several eight figure benefits on behalf of clients. She looks forward to taking on a nine figure challenge! Business issues on which Ms. Turner has worked include: defense, aerospace, tax policy, international trade, health care, Medicare and biotechnology. “Social issues” include: gun safety, genetic ethics and standards, discrimination, children’s advocacy, domestic violence, and cancer research.
Ms. Turner previously worked as a Vice President in the Lobbying Division of the Washington, DC office of Fleishman-Hillard. She also practiced international trade law and litigation at the firm Cameron, Hornbostel and Butterman. As a Research Analyst at International Business Government Counselors she served foreign and domestic multinational corporations interact with the federal government. Ms. Turner began her career in international affairs in the commodities trading house, Marc Rich & Co. Int’l Ltd. where she was responsible for transporting, insuring and warehousing hundreds of millions of dollars of precious and semi-precious metals.
Ms. Turner is an Honorary Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) Business Advisory Council, and a member of the Presidential Business Commission . On the Democratic side, Ms. Turner worked for Sen. William Proxmire (D-WI) on the Senate Banking Committee, and served as an intern for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). She has co-administrated three Political Action Committees, (PACs) and briefly served on the steering Committees of Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA). She was on the Finance Committee for Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ). Ms. Turner was on the National Finance Committee, Hillary Clinton for President, Finance Committee for Kirsten Gillibrand.
Awards include: Honoree, “Women’s Business Enterprise Leadership Spotlight” September, 2007. Nominee, 2007 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Awards. Selected one of 15 “Women of Prominence”, BC Magazine. Ms. Turner is on the boards of The New Agenda, The Women’s Campaign Fund and Georgetown University Law Alumni Board.
Ms. Turner holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center where she was an editor of one of the law reviews. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University where she majored in both political science and Spanish. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.