Aprill O. Turner
Aprill is a public relations professional with more than fifteen years of experience working with non-profit and corporate clients, as well as elected officials, in the areas of political and communication strategy, message development, media training, crisis communications, branding, and public affairs.
At CFYJ, Aprill leads media strategy to elevate the issue of prosecuting youth in adult criminal court, ensuring that the voices of those affected by the issue are front and center in the national media and in key media outlets in states.
Aprill oversees, CFYJ's National Spokespersons Bureau in which spokespeople share their perspectives through blogs, video, social media and in news outlets. CFYJ spokespeople have been featured in national and international media outlets, have presented at national and statewide conferences, and testified before state and federal policymakers.
Prior to coming to CFYJ, Aprill worked on Capitol Hill in several media capacities, including Press Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Deputy Press Secretary to Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts and Communications Director to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York. Additionally, she has led media strategy for several local, Congressional and Senatorial campaigns.
Aprill also taught public relations and journalism at Morgan State University and Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. She has been a communications consultant for the National Association of Black Journalists, Senior Account Executive at CooperKatz Public Relations in New York City, as well as planned and conducted media outreach initiatives for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights.
Aprill is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the National Press Club, the National Black Public Relations Society, The National Communications Association, ColorComm, and a former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Aprill also holds a bachelor's degree in legal communications from Howard University and a master's degree in political communication and fundraising from The George Washington University, and she is currently in the dissertation phase of her doctorate program in Strategic Communications at Regent University.
Aprill also received her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), in November of 2019.