Hally Turner

Title: Planning Program Coordinator
Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Location: St. Paul, MN

Hally Turner (she/her) collaborates across industries and disciplines to challenge the complex social factors impacting health and well-being. She combines a background in public health and over 5 years of experience in transportation to ensure our built environment serves our needs now and into the future. 

Her current work at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) includes advancing equity, planning for connected and automated vehicles, and coordinating updates to and implementation of the 20-year statewide multimodal transportation plan. She leads processes to bring more voices into transportation decisions, and delivers projects focusing on people often underserved and underrepresented in planning.  

She is a committed advocate for supporting young professionals and women in the workplace, and supporter of ongoing educational opportunities in the profession. Hally mentors students through the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, and recently helped design and implement a mentorship program for the Minnesota Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Additionally, Hally serves as co-chair for the American Planning Association Minnesota Conference Program Committee and board secretary for Forecast Public Art, a creative placemaking nonprofit based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  

Hally previously worked at the Council on Crime and Justice, Ramsey County Community Corrections, American Academy of Neurology, and Washington County. Each position focused on incorporating public health into policy making. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health, and earned a graduate certificate in Transportation and Urban Systems from North Dakota State University in 2017. 

Outside work, Hally co-owns several businesses with her partner. When they are not fixing up rental units or running packages to the post office, they like to spend time with their rescue dog or traveling to far off destinations from Bogota to Ubud. 

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