Sandra Turner-Handy

Sandra Turner-Handy

Sandra Turner-Handy

Engagement Director

Sandra focuses on environmental issues, environmental justice and public policies within Detroit. To better the area’s environment and its peoples’ health, she listens to and collaborates with local organizations and residents. 

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 now helps lead the following groups: Detroit Food Policy Council, CLEARCorps/Detroit, Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit, Michigan Organizations to Impact Obesity & Nutrition, Detroit Future City, Impact Detroit, Detroit Environmental Agenda, Detroit Climate Action Collaborative, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition and 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.