Southern States Coordinator
Carrie Turner is the Southern States Coordinator for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership's state network project, working in partnership with the state network manager and state advocacy organizers to support successful program execution. Carrie’s primary responsibility is to maximize the effectiveness of the state network project in four southern states (Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee) in collaboration with field staff already located in those states. In addition to supporting the policy work in four states, Carrie facilitates opportunities for multi-state collaboration leading to regional policy victories, increasing the profile of the National Partnership in southern states and cultivating new funding partners.
Prior to joining the National Partnership, Carrie was a Senior Planner at Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina, a regional Council of Governments providing planning and economic development assistance to local governments in a 4-county region. During her tenure at Land of Sky, Carrie served as the Coordinator for the Land of Sky Rural Planning Organization (RPO) as well as the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). In 2010, Carrie was tasked with management of the region’s Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, GroWNC. A three-year planning project funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, GroWNC focused on regional economic development in the context of the interconnected issues of Jobs, Energy, Health, Housing, Transportation, Natural and Cultural Resources, and Land Use. The GroWNC project incorporated existing plans, extensive public involvement, and land use modeling and scenario planning to develop a menu of tools, implementation activities, and potential projects for use by the GroWNC Consortium and the region’s local governments.
Carrie attended Ohio University in her hometown of Athens, Ohio, where she earned a Master of Arts in Geography, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Photography. Carrie lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, Brian, and their children Isadora, 6, and Oscar, 2.