A headshot of Laura Turner Seydel

Laura Turner Seydel

Director, Turner Foundation, and Chair Emeritus, Captain Planet Foundation

Laura Turner Seydel works with organizations that are solving the biggest existential threats facing humanity.   

Laura serves on the board of the UN Foundation, which works as a strategic partner to help the UN mobilize people and resources for collective action, and on the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), which is a global security organization focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity. 

Laura also serves on the board of Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions, and Waterkeeper Alliance, a network of more than 300 waterkeeper organizations protecting clean water in communities around the world. 

Additional organizations served are the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Georgia Conservation Voters, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a Patron of Nature.

Laura co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to help protect the drinking water of more than 5 million Georgians and also co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air (MOCA) to improve air quality for at-risk populations in metro Atlanta. 

In the field of regenerative agriculture, Laura serves on the board of the Turner Institute of Ecoagriculture (TIE), which researches, practices, and disseminates sustainable strategies for conserving ecosystems, agriculture, and rural communities. Laura also serves on the advisory board for Kiss the Ground and is an associate producer for the documentary “Common Ground,” which promotes regeneration and healthy soil as viable solutions for wellness, water scarcity, the climate crisis, and the extinction crisis.  

Laura lives in Atlanta with her husband Rutherford, and they have three children, John R, Vasser, Laura Elizabeth, and one granddaughter Nora.