BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County announced they have hired Alfreda Turner as the first executive director for the Bridgeport Prospers Cradle to Career movement.
Turner will begin her new role on June 22.
“We are so pleased to have Ms. Turner join us in this community movement," said Merle Berke-Schlessel, president and CEO of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. “She understands the complexities of working with multiple stakeholders to address our most entrenched problems.”
It's difficult to explain just what Bridgeport Prospers Cradle to Career does, but basically, it is an organization made up of 25 key leaders in the community that are building a civic infrastructure to support improved cradle to career outcomes. This infrastructure involves local stakeholders as part of the solution. This is long-term work that will help connect and align efforts, use data to inform those involved about what is working and why, and will position them to advocate for what works.
Turner, who has over 24 years experience in community convening and serving as CEO for a major health organization in Connecticut, will oversee and pull everything together for the movement.
“I have known Freda for over 25 years and she is a successful leader, manager and communicator”, said Ludwig Spinelli, CEO of Optimus Health Care. “She will be a great asset to the Bridgeport community.”
She is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a masters degree in public health from University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of science in nursing from Berea College. Turner was a panelist at the 2011 National Congressional Black Caucus Convention and was featured in USA Today on the impact of the healthcare reform debate.
“Alfreda Turner has the proven ability to work with community partners to move Bridgeport forward to address the needs of its residents," said Katherine S. Yacavone, president/CEO of Southwest Community Health Center.
For more information, visit www.unitedwaycfc.org .
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