Board

TURN Board of Directors 2018

 

Carl Wood, Chairperson • Oceanside      

Carl served over 20 years as chief contract negotiator and business agent for the Utility Workers Union of America.  He served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission during the Deregulation Crisis of the early 2000’s, and is an expert on worker safety and consumer protection.

 

Jeff Shields, Treasurer • Manteca                         

Jeff brings 23 years of experience managing electric utilities in California and Oregon most recently as General Manager at South San Joaquin Irrigation District.  He was a long–time Board Member of the Northwest Public Power Council & Northwest Energy Coalition in Oregon before moving to California.

 

Constance Slider Pierre, Secretary • Oakland 

Constance serves as Director of Organizing and Community Engagement at Housing California, connecting affordable utility service with affordable housing.  Prior to that she led a five–year campaign to defeat a underground gas storage facility beneath a low–income Black community in Sacramento.

 

Stan Santos • Fresno                                                     

Stan has served as a Splicing Technician for AT&T, as well as a member and steward for his local chapter of the Communications Workers of America, since 1999.   He represents Central Valley residents struggling to pay their bills, and the importance of reliable phone service.

 

Steven Weissman • Berkeley                                  

Steve teaches energy policy at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and serves as senior policy advisor for The Center for Sustainable Energy.  With his thirty year career at the California Public Utilities Commission, Steve brings a wealth of experience in regulatory policy.

 

Kori Chen • Oakland 

Kori is Director of Strategic Initiatives for Red Bay Coffee, and brings the perspective of diverse, community–oriented small businesses as utility customers. He served on the TURN staff as Grassroots Organizer between 2010 and 2012, and has extensive experience as an organizer and entrepreneur.

 

Veronica Fields • Lancaster 

Veronica is a young organizer who has mobilized hundreds of people to turn out for rallies and public hearings locally. Veronica brings the voice of residents in the High Desert, andexperience using social media to motivate young people to become politically involved.

 

Bill Nusbaum • Brentwood 

Bill has 35 years experience working in the telecom industry for regulators, major carriers,and consumer advocates. He served as TURN Senior Telecom and Managing Attorneybetween 2003—2013, and brings institutional history and deep management experience.

 

Rosie Sanchez Ulloa • San Diego

Rosie serves as Community Organizing Program Manager for City Heights Community Development Corporation in San Diego. Rosie brings to TURN the voices and experiences of diverse immigrant communities near the border as they seek affordable utilities and affordable housing.

 

Beverly Tucker • Oakland

Beverly spent the majority of her career as chief counsel for the California Teachers Association and staff attorney for the United Auto Workers.  She also worked as a staff attorney for the CA Attorney General’s Office and CA Department for Fair Employment and Housing, and brings a commitment to workers.