WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 22, 2021 – Glenda H. Turner, a leader in consumer marketing and advertising, will join the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a nationally accredited Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, as senior director of marketing and public relations in February.
“We are excited to have Glenda join the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation team,” said Christy S. Coleman, executive director at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. “The breadth of her experience coupled with a truly collaborative style and strategic approach makes her the perfect person to lead the Foundation’s marketing and public relations efforts.”
Turner, who spent the past 22 years with Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, has an accomplished career in media, brand management, promotions, sponsorships and partnerships for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. She currently serves as the marketing consumer activation leader.
Turner will begin her new post at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation on February 4, overseeing sales and promotions, advertising and media relations to raise national and international awareness of the two history museums and generate paid admissions. She succeeds Susan K. Bak, who retired after 25 years in September 2020.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation team,” said Turner. “The commitment they have to history and learning is commendable. Museums make Williamsburg a unique vacation destination, and I look forward to helping the foundation achieve their mission.”
In addition to her marketing expertise, Turner is equally dedicated to the Greater Williamsburg community. She currently serves on the Williamsburg Health Foundation Board of Trustees and as chair of the External Affairs Committee, as a board member for the Institute for Dance and past board chair of the Avalon Center. She also received the 2017 J. Blaine Blayton Community Service Award presented by the York-James City-Williamsburg Chapter of the NAACP.
Turner received an MBA from Averett University, with undergraduate degrees in communications and industrial technology from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She and her husband, William Turner, have two children and reside in Williamsburg, Va.
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administers Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Through immersive gallery exhibits and living-history experiences, the museums present the shared stories of early America, from the convergence of American Indian, European and West Central African cultures to the development of the United States. Jamestown Settlement features historical interpretation in outdoor re-creations of a Paspahegh town, 1607 English ships and 1610-14 fort at Jamestown Settlement, and a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
Located in Virginia’s Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, the museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round; closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org.