Sharmain Matlock-Turner is president and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition (formerly, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition), which she joined in 1999, becoming the first woman to lead in the organization’s 47-year history. The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region. The organization focuses on four areas: improving life chances for youth and young adults, building wealth in low-income communities, strengthening the grassroots nonprofit sector, and forging strategic partnerships across sectors and communities.
Prior to leading the coalition, Matlock-Turner was associate vice president, legislative and community affairs, for Mercy Health System and AmeriHealth Caritas. Before that, she was chief of staff to the late Pennsylvania State Senator Roxanne H. Jones. She also served as a staffer in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Philadelphia City Council, and was a political campaign consultant at the local and state levels.
Matlock-Turner is founder and chair of the West Oak Lane Charter School. She also serves on the board of trustees of Peirce College, the board of directors of Entrepreneur Works, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic and Community Advisory Council; the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, the board of directors of Street Soccer Philadelphia, the president’s council of the Cranaleith Spiritual Center, and the Citizens Bank advisory board. She is also a Senior Fellow at University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute for Government. Matlock-Turner has received numerous awards recognizing her work and commitment to families and communities. She is often asked to speak to local, regional, and national organizations, and is a regular guest on 6ABC’s public affairs television program Inside Story.
Matlock-Turner has a B.S. in education from Temple University. In 2005, she was one of three Philadelphia nonprofit leaders selected to receive a scholarship to the Harvard Business School’s nonprofit leaders’ summer program.