Jack Turnwald

Holly Springs Town Council, At-Large

Jack will be one of the first nonbinary people elected to office in North Carolina!


Jack Turnwald (They/Them) is an award-winning, trans non-binary, former educator of 19 years. Having earned a B.A. in English and Psychology from Miami University in Ohio and an M.A.T. from Duke University, Jack moved to North Carolina in 2008 and entered the classroom with a lens that prioritized inclusiveness, safety, and challenging academics. They brought with them a global lens after working in South Korea as a Fulbright scholar and educator for six years. Throughout Jack’s years in North Carolina’s public schools they became a vocal advocate, community organizer, and builder of culturally responsive curriculum taught from a foundation of trust. Jack holds central the belief that government should be a system of power “with” rather than power “over” and that we must prioritize historical truth telling, experience educational humility, and center lived experiences in order to build communities that are productive and psychologically safe for all. They are currently a DEI consultant for Humancentric Work, LLC with certification from Cornell University and a certificate from the Diversity Movement’s Leaders Intensive. They are active with their PTA Advocacy Committee, school Equity team, community organizing, and on the board of The WakeEd Partnership. They live in Holly Springs with their wife, where they are raising their two children.