Aaron Turner


Aaron Turner is the Chief Philanthropic Officer at the Community Foundation of New Jersey, where she manages a team that stewards the charitable grantmaking of over 1,100 fundholders who contributed more than $100 million to worthy causes in 2021. Previously, Turner served as the Senior Program Officer at the MCJ Amelior Foundation, where she managed the education portfolio of investments in Newark. Prior to joining MCJ, Turner worked as a Program Officer at the Foundation for Newark’s Future, and she also has eight years of experience working at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in a variety of roles. Before joining the NYCDOE, she managed national children’s literacy grants at Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and traveled the country to monitor and support program implementation in schools and communities. Turner’s commitment to education equity began after college as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she served as a literacy tutor and school-to-family liaison to help bridge the gap between school and home learning. Turner lives in Morristown, New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and three rescue dogs.