Board

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Meet TURN’s board members

Turn's Board

CARL WOOD, CHAIRPERSON: CHERRY VALLEY, CA
Carl is Director of Regulatory Affairs with the Utility Workers Union of America and served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission (2000–2006). His expertise represents the intersection between consumer protections and worker safety.

CONSTANCE SLIDER PIERRE, SECRETARY: OAKLAND, CA
Constance Slider Pierre brings expertise in program development, organizing, coalition building and strategic planning to TURN’s Board. She led a successful 6 year campaign to stop the siting of a natural gas storage facility in her community in West Sacramento.

JEFF SHIELDS, TREASURER: RIPON, CA
Jeff is the General Manager of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Public Power Council & Northwest Energy Coalition. He has 22 years of experience managing electric utilities in California and Oregon.

MELANIE SHELBY: OAKLAND, CA
Melanie is Managing Director at Gray, Greer, Shelby and Vaughn, a certified minority and woman owned public affairs firm that specializes in supplier diversity, government relations, and strategic partnerships.  She brings the perspective of challenges faced by small businesses.

KORI CHEN: OAKLAND, CA
Kori is an owner of Red Bay Coffee, and brings the perspective of small businesses as utility customers. He served on the TURN staff as Grassroots Organizer between 2010—2012, and has extensive experience as an organizer and entrepreneur.

VERONICA FIELDS: LANCASTER, CA
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, and experience using social media to motivate young people to become politically involved.

BILL NUSBAUM: BRENTWOOD, CA
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 Attorney between 2003—2013, and brings institutional history and deep management experience.

DOLORES SANCHEZ: AZUSA, CA
Dolores is a lifelong political activist who spent years working for elected officials, including serving as chief of staff to Assembly Majority Leader Marco Firebaugh, later working as a community organizer for AARP. She brings the voice of San Gabriel Valley residents.

STAN SANTOS: FRESNO, CA
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 WEISMAN: BERKELEY, CA
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.