Vice President of Community and Citizenship
Turner Construction Company
Michelle Smith-Ballard has 35 years of construction experience with the past fourteen years spent developing, administering, and monitoring diversity and small, minority, woman owned and disadvantaged business programs. She joined Turner in 1988 as a project accountant in the Los Angeles office where of her duties included reporting dollars spent with minority/women owned and disadvantaged businesses. In 1999, Michelle left Turner and joined Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) where, for a short time, she served as construction project analyst. After developing and presenting a comprehensive supplier diversity plan with an emphasis on increased spending with MBE/WBE/DBEs, Michelle was promoted as AEG’s Director of Procurement Equity and Supplier Diversity and remained in that capacity until 2007. Michelle rejoined Turner in February 2008 as Director of Community Affairs (now known as Community and Citizenship). She is responsible for administering Turner’s aggressive program which includes labor compliance, outreach, and MBE/WBE/DBE spend monitoring to ensure Turner’s 20% corporate goal is met in the Southern California business unit. Michelle coordinates and manages Turner School of Construction Management, an intense 7 week/ 15 session course that teaches MBE/WBE/DBE firms all aspects of construction. She also oversees Turner So Cal’s community involvement such as Youth Force 20/20, a national Turner program that seeks to inform and excite middle and high school students about the many careers in construction. This program administers Principal-for-a-Day, career days, the national program ACE Mentoring, and the Los Angeles Construction Career Awareness Day.