Newman’s Own Foundation has announced that Jennifer Smith Turner has been elected to its board of directors.
Turner is president and CEO of Smith & Associates LLC, which specializes in assisting organizations achieve their strategic and operational potential. She is also the retired CEO of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, serving as the first CEO of the combined organization of five Girl Scout councils that merged in 2007.
Turner’s background also includes posts as president and CEO of BerkleyCare Network; vice president of W. R. Berkley Corp.; CEO of HealthWays/Aetna Professional Management Corp.; deputy commissioner for the state of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development; and the city of Hartford’s director of personnel and assistant city manager.
Robert Forrester, president and CEO of Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation, lauded Turner’s “experience in leadership roles with nonprofit organizations, and her long-standing commitment to the common good will be of great value in helping us continue our extraordinary mission of donating to charity all profits from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products and helping to empower positive change in communities around the world.”
Since its establishment in 1982, Newman’s Own Foundation has donated more than $470 million to thousands of charitable organizations.