Mark Toney

As executive director of TURN, Mark Toney sets the organization's strategic course and directs TURN's legal and political advocacy on behalf of over 37 million Californians. Before coming to TURN in January 2008 Toney ran a successful nonprofit consulting business focused on coaching executive directors and effective strategic planning. He has substantial experience in nonprofit leadership, development, fundraising and organizing.

Mark Toney's Blog Posts

Why Black Lives Matter to TURN

Since the global surge of protests to demand police accountability and racial justice, triggered by the brutal killing of George Floyd, I have been reflecting on the meaning of the
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Let’s Hold Corporations Accountable

Saving you money on your monthly bills has always been at the core of TURN’s work.  This year, TURN continued to rack up billions in savings for California consumers, defeating
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Happy Holidays, TURN Champions!

Thanks to you and thousands of other TURN members around the state, 2016 will be remembered as a banner year for public utility consumers. Together we held the big corporations
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Dear Consumer Champions, We did it!

We did it!  With your help David has prevailed against Goliath again! Thanks to you, and thousands of others consumer across the state, AB 2395, AT&T’s bid to get rid
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Giving Thanks to You

Dear TURN supporters and friends, TURN has much to be grateful for this holiday season, starting with you. I especially want to thank every one of the hundreds of TURN
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Operating under influence of profits

OpEd by Mark Toney, TURN executive director, Manteca Bulletin Nov. 12, 2014        What happens to a person when their reckless driving while under the influence alcohol kills eight
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Indicted PG&E Can Be Held Accoutable

by Mark Toney, Published in San Jose Mercury News July 31– If PG&E put the same level of commitment into public safety as it does into saturating the airwaves, billboards,
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40 Years And Still Going Strong!

Celebrating Our Success! Dear Friends, TURN celebrated 40 years of consumer advocacy in San Francisco this past November, and renewed our commitment to the top-notch customer representation that we have
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Building a LifeLine to the Future

California is poised to modernize its LifeLine program and demand accountability from phone companies for the subsidies they receive. The LifeLine program has historically offered income eligible customers a landline

Major Wins Against the Telecom Giants!

Governor Jerry Brown gives California telephone consumers a slam dunk Dear Supporter, Thanks to your letters, phone calls, testimony and support, consumers throughout California scored three major wins for corporate

Our Allies Propel Us to Success

Our allies and supporters propel us to success! It’s hard to believe this year will be my sixth at TURN! I’m gratified by all we’ve been able to accomplish together

Your Voice at the CPUC

If you want to save $50 a year on your utility bill (and who doesn’t!) there’s never been a better time to tell a friend about TURN, and encourage them

What We’re Up Against

Join the fight against special interest lawmaking! The agents of the 1% have put their full weight behind AT&T’s deregulation bill, SB 1161 (Padilla). The bill mirrors legislation AT&T has

TURN Delivers Savings and Drives Policy

Thirty-seven years after consumer activist Sylvia Seigel founded TURN, we continue to rack up victories for California consumers and are the leading voice for utility customers in the state. Letter

We Did It!

We Did It! On June 8, we beat the $46 million PG&E Prop 16 Goliath by working together and refusing to give up! It restores my faith in the electorate

San Bruno Wake Up Call to CPUC

The deaths of Jessica Morales, CPUC staffer Jackie Greig and her daughter, and 5 other people are surely a wake up call to PG&E and the CPUC that more must

TURN Defeats CPUC Commissioner

TURN executive director Mark Toney’s message on the stunning victory in defeating the nomination of Rachelle Chong for a second term as CPUC Commissioner. Letter From Our Executive Director—December 2009

A New Location and A New Look for TURN

Executive director Mark Toney writes about changes and successes at TURN in 2009. Dear Friends,   There are some exciting changes happening here at TURN that I want to share

TURN Is Thankful and TURN Fights for You!

I want to express TURN’s gratitude for your ongoing support. With your help, we have won important victories for consumers in California victories that contribute to creating the kind of

Making a Difference by Speaking Up

What I appreciate most about TURN members is their willingness to make a difference by speaking up. In my first six months at TURN, you have spoken up to make

Introduction from TURN’s new Executive Director

TURN’s new executive director, Mark Toney, discusses the challenges that lie ahead as TURN continues its mission of protecting California utility consumers and their environment. Letter From Our Executive Director-May