Jo-An Turman is the Vice President of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and Real Estate Broker for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA). Jo-An is committed to raising awareness for the need of affordable housing for hardworking, low-income families and individuals. As the V.P. of Entertainment Industry Partnerships she works with all genres of entertainment industry partners including actors, athletes, musicians, directors, producers, writers, entertainment executives, corporations and studios. Jo-An holds a Master’s degree in Education and Real Estate and a Bachelors in Afro-American Studies and Communications.
Jo-An has helped Habitat for Humanity build homes alongside President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and other volunteers here in the U.S., Haiti and Thailand.
A licensed Real Estate Broker and Broker/Owner for more than 29 years, a Professional Fundraiser, a Silent and Live Auction Director and Educator; she has dedicated her life to helping others. She is the former board chair of a Charter School in South Los Angeles, sat on the American Camp Association National Board of Directors for six years and now serves on the ACA Board Development Committee, the National Association of Realtors, CA Association of Realtors and an active member of several Associations of Realtors. Jo-An has been a mentor to several young people who she has met over the years and through her foundation. She was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. Jo-An is married has one grown daughter who is a Producer.
Another accomplishment that is near and dear to her heart is being blessed with the opportunity to be a co-founder and director of the IX Winds Ranch Foundation’s “Camp Gid D Up”. The IX Winds Ranch Foundation is a non-profit 501 c (3) founded by Jo-An and her Emmy® Award winning veteran actor husband Glynn Turman in 1992. The foundation provides opportunities to disenfranchised inner-city and at-risk youth including attending a free western style summer camp on a real 20 acre working ranch owned by the Turman’s as well as other international camping opportunities, scholarships, rodeo outings, employment training and outdoor activities. The camp was founded as a promise to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King to help bring peace to the inner-city after the civil unrest in 1992.