Port of Long Beach Government Relations Analyst Nina Turner came to the port with a background in the entertainment industry. After working in a temporary assignment in the government relations division, she applied for a role as the division’s secretary, a position she held for about seven years. In her current role as a government relations analyst, Turner keeps abreast of port projects to update different agencies. “Whether it’s environmental, engineering, transportation or planning-related, or in communications, I have to know a lot about different things at the same time,” Turner said. According to Turner, a typical day involves keeping current with local news headlines, checking city council agendas and attending meetings within different divisions of the port. She also meets with agencies such as L.A. Metro, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Southern California Association of Governments. “I like to help people. A lot of my job is advising them, educating them on the port, and being a partner between their agency and the port.” Turner has found that her previous experience in entertainment is useful for her current position. “I dealt with a lot of VIPs and celebrity-level clients,” she explained. “Moving that knowledge and expertise to the political field was easy. It’s almost the same thing in the way that you have to communicate, and take care of certain situations in [terms] of confidentiality.” Turner described her time at the port as “amazing,” in part due to the team of four “dynamic” women she works with in her division.