Tierra Kavanaugh Turner, a native of Danville, KY, is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She has held various management positions at BellSouth Mobility (now known as AT&T), American Express and BellSouth Corporation as a Loaned Executive to the Metro United Way. She is the founder and previous owner of Executive Courier Express LLC, a small package express delivery business.
In March 2004, Tierra was appointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher to serve as the first Executive Director for the newly created Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment. The office serves in an advisory capacity to the governor, General Assembly, Kentucky Congressional Delegation and other appropriate government officials. She had the responsibility of researching and participating in the development of policies affecting Kentucky's minority community in the specific areas of economic development, education, healthcare, housing, government services and criminal justice matters.
In 2006, Tierra founded TKT & Associates, Inc. (TKT), which has become a leader in both supplier and workplace diversity management and professional staffing for public and private sectors. TKT also provides clients over 100 combined years of expertise in small, disadvantaged, minority and women-owned business growth development.
In 2008, Tierra was appointed by Governor Steven L. Beshear as a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee, 30th Judicial Circuit and District.
In 2012, Tierra launched TKT-nectir Global Staffing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TKT & Associates, Inc., specializing in staffing services across industries including telecommunications, healthcare, government, financial services, utilities, manufacturing and supply chain and logistics.
Tierra currently serves on the board of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) as an executive committee member and serves as the chair of GLI's public policy committee. She serves on the board of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as an executive committee member and is the chair of the Kentucky Chamber's small business committee. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Louisville local advisory board for BB&T, a board advisory member of the Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council and is a member of the board of directors at the Norton Healthcare Foundation. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Kentuckiana Works Workforce Investment Board and the Metro United Way.