GO! Presents 100 Women We Love: Class of 2024

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August 6, 2020

Lisa Turner

Photo by Ashleigh Raynor.

Since becoming the national political director of LPAC, the country’s leading organization supporting women LGBTQ+ political candidates, Lisa Turner’s initiatives have helped elect powerhouses like Tammy Baldwin, Kyrsten Sinema, and Lori Lightfoot to office. For Turner, accomplishments like these are why she got into politics. “I learned at an early age that civic and political activism can have a lasting impact in helping improve people’s lives,” she tells GO. “My work over the years in electing good people to office to working on women’s LGBTQ+ and social justice issues has been extremely personal and very meaningful for me. I work every day to live up to the examples my family set and to give back where I can to those most in need.” Turner, who came to the directorship in 2018, has spent most of her career in politics. She served as an advisor and strategist for Adam Ebbin, the first openly LGBTQ+ Virginia legislator; was the first political director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC); and was an Obama appointee to the USDA and the FDA. Although she entered politics thirty years ago, she tells GO that she’s been out her entire career — and with positive results. “As my career took off, I found that my presence as an out woman opened doors for me that may not have otherwise been available,” she says. “I am a passionate and visionary leader known for my innovative work in achieving LGBTQ+ equality in the political arena. Luckily for me, my success and achievements have been directly proportional to the opportunities offered to me by other out-LGBTQ women pioneers over the years.” Now at LPAC, she can help other LGBTQ+ women do the same. —RK

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