May 15, 2019
Meet the Board: Education Breaks Down Barriers
“I believe education is a powerful tool. It provides the opportunity to build knowledge, confidence, and helps break down systemic barriers. Joining the Cleveland Transformation Alliance affords me the opportunity to ensure that every student receives a quality education.”These words from one of Cleveland Transformation Alliance's newest board members, Turkessa Tenney, appointed by Mayor Frank Jackson on March 4, 2019, reflect her deep commitment to ensuring that every student in Cleveland receives a quality education.As a parent, community advocate and life-long Cleveland resident, Ms. Tenney provides a unique perspective as a board member of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance. She is interested in helping connect families with viable resources to ensure the educational success of their children.Not only is Ms. Tenney deeply involved in the community she is also a proud graduate of Cleveland public schools. Ms. Tenney attended Alfred A. Benesch and Fullerton Elementary, Central Junior High School, and Martin Luther King Jr. Career Campus. Additionally, Ms. Tenney’s children currently attend Bard Early College and Paul L. Dunbar — both Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools.A licensed social worker, Ms. Tenney received her associate degree from Cuyahoga Community College and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cleveland State University. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, trying new foods, playing pool and dancing.Thank you, Ms. Tenney, for your ongoing commitment to Cleveland families and congratulations on your appointment the Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board.