Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Nicholas Turner

Nicholas Turner

Nicholas Turner joined Vera as its fifth president and director in August 2013. Prior to joining, he was a managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation. He was previously vice president and chief program officer at Vera.

At the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Turner was a member of the foundation’s senior leadership team and a co-leader of its global urban efforts. He provided leadership and strategic direction on key initiatives, including transportation policy reform in the United States to promote social, economic, and environmental interests, and redevelopment in New Orleans to advance racial and socioeconomic integration.

At Vera, which he first joined in 1998, Mr. Turner developed ideas for demonstration projects aimed at keeping troubled youth out of the justice system and easing reentry for adult prisoners. He also guided the expansion of Vera’s national work, launching and directing Vera’s state sentencing and corrections initiative, while supervising Vera’s domestic violence projects and the creation of its youth justice program. As vice president and chief program officer, Mr. Turner was responsible for the development and launch of the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program and the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons.

Prior to his work with Vera, Mr. Turner was an associate in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York from 1997 to 1998. He was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Jack. B. Weinstein, Senior United States District Judge in Brooklyn from 1996 to 1997. Before attending law school, Nick worked with court-involved, homeless, and troubled young people at Sasha Bruce Youthwork, a Washington, DC youth services organization. Mr. Turner received his BA from Yale College and his JD from Yale Law School.