James A. Turner
James A. Turner is an accomplished executive with a broad range of experience in health care, communications, information technology, and telecommunications gained during his twenty-five year career at Verizon. James has over 30 years experience in consulting, small business development, and leadership positions with community-based organizations.
James is currently Senior Policy Counsel and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives with the Health IT Now Coalition advocating for the nationwide adoption and effective use of Health Information Technology (HIT). He leads the strategy and business development, campaign management, and member communications functions. James provides the technology perspective in discussions with legislative, regulatory, and industry staff.
James is an elected official of the District of Columbia. He represents a Single Member District of 2000 residents on a wide range of policies and programs affecting the neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget. He currently a three term Chair of the Commission.
He served as Executive Advisor, on special assignment to the Verizon Government Relations and the Verizon Corporate Strategy organizations to identify the business opportunities related to federal and state Health Information Technology (HIT) legislative initiatives and future market trends. He has represented Verizon at Congressional briefing sessions, Health Care Coalitions, ONCHIT, before the Federal Communications Commission, providing input and monitoring evolving HIT policies and standards; and by serving on the Chronic Care Workgroup of the American Health Information Committee (AHIC). James was a part of the committee that established the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) organization; [the successor group to AHIC]. James is a recognized community advocate to improve health outcomes through patient and family engagement and the use of technology.
James holds a Masters of Jurisprudence degree in Health Law and Policy from Loyola University Chicago, Law School. He also holds a Professional Degree from Georgetown University in International Law, a Masters of General Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Data Processing, Finance, and Banking from Morehead State University. James holds a number of professional certifications in technology auditing, systems development, security, and health technology.
James is actively involved in community and political organizations in the Washington, DC area. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hope and a Home which provides transitional housing and wrap around services to families. He served on the Board of Directors of Whitman Walker Clinic where he spearheaded the implementation of an electronic health record and practice management system. James is currently an advisory board member of two Community Health Clinics, the DC Primary Care Association, and the DC Health Information Exchange. He has also served as a campaign advisor for a DC Mayoral Candidate and worked on State and Federal candidate campaigns.
As a member of the George Washington Society at George Washington University, he established a graduate scholarship program for Master’s candidates to promote non-profit leadership development. A native of Kentucky, James was twice named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky for his philanthropic efforts and commitment to community. James currently resides in Washington, DC.