Sandra Turner-Handy

Sandra Turner-Handy

Senior Policy Advisor to the President

[email protected], (313) 926-9811


Sandra focuses on environmental issues, environmental justice and public policies within Detroit and beyond. She engages Detroiters on environmental issues and connects them to Lansing; she represents the Environmental Council on various governing bodies and community development efforts; and she mentors staff on engagement, justice and Detroit policy.

Prior to joining MEC in March 2008, the lifelong Detroiter found her niche in solving environmental, economic and social issues affecting peoples’ qualities of life as a chief of staff for former State Rep. and Sen. Hansen Clarke.

Sandra serves on the steering committee of the Detroit Food Policy Council; on the executive board of CLEARCorps/Detroit; on Detroit's Climate Equitable Action Committee; as a board member of Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit; as MEC representative for Michigan Organizations to Impact Obesity & Nutrition; as part of Detroit Future City; as part of Impact Detroit; on the steering committee of Detroit Environmental Agenda; as part of Detroit Climate Action Collaborative; board secretary for Detroit Horse Power; as MEC representative for Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition; board member of the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors at Wayne State University; and as the leader of Denby Neighborhood Alliance. 

She is also completing a doctorate in education to compliment her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in leadership development. 

In her personal time, Sandra enjoys the at-home company of her son, daughter, three of her 11 grandchildren and her pitbull, Cookie.

Detroiters may find Sandra reading, writing, gardening, volunteering, relaxing at Belle Isle, or eating Better Made chips and drinking Faygo, her favorite Michigan products.