April O. Turner is a public relations professional with more than fifteen years of experience working with non-profit and corporate clients as well as elected officials in the areas of political and communication strategy, message development, media training, crisis communications, and public affairs.
Currently, April is communications director for the Campaign for Youth Justice, where she leads media strategy to elevate the issue of prosecuting youth in adult criminal court, ensuring that the voices of those affected by the issue are front and center in the national media and in key media outlets in states.
Prior to coming to CFYJ, April worked on Capitol Hill in several media capacities, including Press Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Deputy Press Secretary to Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, Communications Director to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York. Additionally, she has lead media strategy for several local, congressional and senatorial campaigns.
Aprill is also Principal of Turner Communications, LLC, where she practices her motto, “public relations with a purpose,” and enjoys advancing worthy causes. Her client roster has included the National Association of Black Journalists, Education Post, Higher Heights for America, and Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice.
April also holds a bachelor’s in legal communications from Howard University and a master’s in political communication and fundraising from the George Washington University. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her doctorate program in strategic communications at Regent University.