Susan W. Turnbull is the Chair of Jewish Women International. She was honored by Jewish Women Magazine as one of ten “Jewish Women to Watch” in 2005 and joined the JWI Board of Trustees in 2006. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; a Member of the Board of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life;and as a Member of the Board of the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington.
Ms. Turnbull has served as Grants Advisor to several Members of Congress since the spring of 2007 publishing a newsletter distributed to more than 10,000 local governments and non-profit organizations across the United States monthly.
Ms. Turnbull is also a United States political activist who was elected Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party from 2009-2011 and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from February 2005 to 2009. She was an elected member of the DNC from the State of Maryland from 1992-2011. Ms. Turnbull served on the DNC Executive Committee from 1997 to 2009. From 1997 until her appointment as DNC Deputy Chair in the fall of 2003, she was the elected Chair of the DNC Women's Caucus. From 2002-2004 she served as National Chair of the Women’s Leadership Forum.
For more than a decade, Ms. Turnbull has been a frequent spokesperson on national cable television and talk radio programs. She has appeared on FOX News Channel and MSNBC often as a Democratic spokesperson. In 2000 and 2008 she was a platform speaker at the Democratic National Convention. She has campaigned for the Democratic Party and its candidates at functions in 35 states and the District of Columbia, and with Democrats Abroad.
With a background in Urban Planning and Design, Ms. Turnbull has worked in a variety of legislative and governmental positions for more than 35 years. Ms. Turnbull holds a B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Community Services from the University of Cincinnati, a M.S. from the University of Maryland in Urban Studies and a B.A. in Interior Design from the Marymount University.
Ms. Turnbull managed the construction and design of the Hillel International Center in Washington, DC, the interior design of the Winnick Center at Syracuse University and the 2003 renovation of Brooklyn College Hillel in New York. She also has provided pro bono design services for the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington for several years and was on the construction team for the agency’s Rockville headquarters.
Susan and her husband Bruce H.Turnbull live in Bethesda, Maryland; they have two adult sons, Joshua and David.
- Maryland Democratic Party Bio for Susan Turnbull
- Democratic National Committee Bio for Susan Turnbull