Sarita Turner


Sarita Turner is ISC’s Director of Inclusive Communities, where she oversees ISC’s Community Led Resilience portfolio, and serves as a key advisor to ISC on advancing equity and inclusion through all of ISC’s programs, policies and practices.

Passionate about racial justice, Sarita has deep experience working with multi-sector collaborations to advance equitable solutions to the structural barriers facing communities and People of Color. Prior to coming to ISC, Sarita spent over seven years at Oakland-based PolicyLink, where she worked nationally to advance equitable development practices. Sarita also managed the PolicyLink work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s $200 million Sustainable Communities Initiative.

Immediately prior to PolicyLink, Sarita served as executive director of the Minneapolis-based West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, which fosters equitable development in a divested historic African-American neighborhood of North Minneapolis and provides local small businesses with technical assistance, business support, and capital improvement resources.

A nationally-recognized trainer and speaker. Sarita sits on the board of Grounded Solutions Network, which advances permanently affordable housing solutions.

Sarita loves the outdoors. Since moving to Oakland, CA she has added golf and white-water rafting to her list of fun things to do.