Dean's Advisory Council
Michelle A. Turman, MA, ‘00
Michelle Turman, MA, CFRE is the Founder & CEO of Catalyst Consulting Services whose mission is to facilitate
positive change in the areas of executive searches, organizational management, and
fundraising. With over twenty-eight years of nonprofit experience, Michelle established
Catalyst Consulting Services and has been responsible for increasing the impact and
best practices of nonprofit organizations she serves and has raised over $87 million
for the Tampa Bay community through her professional and personal philanthropic efforts.
In addition to facilitating change nationally and in the Tampa Bay area, Michelle’s community service has included leadership roles on the boards of the Arts Council and the Cultural Arts Commission of Hillsborough County, Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charitable Gift Planners of Tampa Bay, Donate Life America, the South Tampa Y and University of South Florida’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (Mentoring Chair and Scholarship Committee) and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Working Women of Tampa Bay Foundation. Turman has provided two gifts to the University of South Florida, one for the Turman Study Abroad Scholarship to encourage field studies in Italy and Greece and one as the first female donor for the new USF IBD Center set to open in June 2022 for research and the Nurse’s station.
Turman is author of the best-selling book, Jumping the Queue – Achieving Great Things Before You Are Ready which focuses on how young professionals can seize personal and professional opportunities, achieve great things, and get what they want and deserve. Turman is an educational trainer for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and at the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and specializes in professional education in the areas of executive search, change management, capital campaigns, volunteer management, board governance, and fund development.