Michelle A. Turman, MA, CFRE is the Principal of Catalyst Consulting Services and received her bachelor degree in Humanities from Florida State University and master’s degree in Art History from University of South Florida. After thirteen years of museum management with a focus on curating exhibitions, fundraising, administration and working for organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg), the Vero Beach Museum of Art, RMS Titanic, Inc. and the Gulf Coast Museum of Art and serving as an associate professor of art history and humanities for St. Pete College, she moved into the health and human services industry. In 2000, she was inducted into the prestigious Explorer’s Club in New York by joining Bob Ballard, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and others for her dedication to underwater exploration and artifact conservation.
Over the next six years, Michelle focused on fundraising, operations and human resources for organizations that include the National MS Society, Children’s Home Society and the Lighthouse of Pinellas for the Blind and Visually Impaired. During her tenure, three of the above organizations were recognized as Non Profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
With over twenty-two years of nonprofit experience, Turman has been responsible for increasing the impact and best practices of nonprofit organizations she serves and has raised over $60 million for the Tampa Bay community through her professional and personal philanthropic efforts. Turman is a Key Partner and educational trainer for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and at the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College.
In addition to facilitating change nationally and in the Tampa Bay area, Michelle’s community service has included leadership roles on the boards of the Elevate, Inc., Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Leadership Pinellas, the South Tampa Y and University of South Florida’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, the Women’s Exchange (WE), the Greater Tampa of Chamber of Commerce and Working Women of Tampa Bay. In October 2016, Turman was appointed by the County Commissioners to the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.
In 2015, Turman was recognized by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine as one of Tampa Bay’s Distinguished Women in Business in 2015 and The Face of Nonprofit Change in 2016. Turman was also a 2007, 2016, 2017 finalist of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year.