Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rita Robert-Turner
Rita Roberts-Turner serves as the chief administrative officer of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority. She began her duties in May 2016. Prior to joining the transit authority, she served as the chief of staff for the Office of the General Counsel at Vanderbilt University. She began a long career in public service in 1998 having worked as an assistant public defender, assistant metropolitan attorney, and later as chief of staff for former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean over a 15-year period. She also served as the director of the Metropolitan Government’s Human Resources Department before joining Vanderbilt University.
Roberts-Turner holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky where she graduated cum laude. She earned her law degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Nashville Bar Association, Rotary Club of Nashville, the Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Mt. Calvary (Madison) Missionary Baptist Church. In 2014 she was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee State Board of Appeals. She also serves on the Investigative Committee of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners
With a passion for writing, Roberts-Turner started her career as a journalist for the Nashville Banner before attending law school. She has been a frequent contributor to the Nashville Bar Journal and accomplished a life-long dream of publishing her first novel in 2016 titled, God’s Daughters and Their Almost Happily Ever Afters.
Roberts-Turner lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee with her husband and two teenage sons. She is an avid basketball fan and in her free time she enjoys attending sporting events with her family.