National Communications Director


Donnie Turlington is the National Communications Director for Say Yes to Education.

Say Yes is a nonprofit that partners with communities around the goal of every public school student not only graduating high school – but doing so prepared to attain a college degree or other postsecondary credential, and with access to resources to make that education affordable and equitable. The organization launched the Weiss Institute in Spring 2017 to help communities expand their capacity to support young people along the developmental pathway from early childhood to adult success.

Turlington joined Say Yes’ chapter in Guilford County, NC, as Communications Director in 2016 and later added the title of Interim Chapter Director. He previously served as the inaugural Director of Communications and Marketing for the city of Greensboro, NC, and before that as Director of Public Relations and Digital Engagement for Bouvier Kelly Inc., a prominent North Carolina advertising and marketing agency. He also spent eight years working in the sports information departments at Hampden-Sydney College and Old Dominion University.

Turlington is a 1998 graduate of Campbell University with a degree in mass communications and public relations. He holds an accreditation in public relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America.