President and CEO of The Urban Affairs Coalition
Sharmain Matlock-Turner is the President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition. She began her tenure at the Coalition in March of 1999, with a special distinction as the first woman to lead in the organization’s 46-year history. The Urban Affairs Coalition, formerly GPUAC, unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region. In partnership with a diverse Board of Directors, made up of business, nonprofit and community leaders, Ms. Matlock-Turner and her team of managers and more than 350 employees forge partnerships and build consensus to help families reduce poverty and reach the middle class. The organization’s efforts are focused in four areas: improving life changes for youth and young adults; building wealth in low income communities; strengthening the grassroots nonprofit sector; and forging strategic partnerships across sectors and communities.
Ms. Matlock-Turner is founder and chair of the eighteen-year-old, West Oak Lane Charter School. In addition, she serves on the following boards and commissions: Peirce College Board of Trustees; Entrepreneur Works, Board of Directors; Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia; Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success; Street Soccer PHL Board of Directors; African American Chamber Foundation Board of Directors and the Citizens Bank Advisory Committee.
In 2010, Ms. Matlock-Turner was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Office of Economic Opportunity, an initiative to improve contracting and employment opportunities for women, the disabled and people of color in Philadelphia. She currently serves a Chair of the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South and the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia at Market East Economic Opportunity Oversight Committees. She is also a member of the 2016 DNC Diversity Committee and the Comcast EOP Oversight Committee.
Ms. Matlock-Turner holds a BS degree in Education from Temple University. In 2005, she was one of three Philadelphia nonprofit leaders selected to receive a scholarship to the Harvard Business School’s nonprofit leaders’ summer program. In 2014 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Peirce College. She is a Philadelphia resident and is married to Tony Turner with two grown daughters, Ayanna Matlock and Naima Turner and is the grandmother of Joshua Matlock Hale.