Director of Communications, AAPI Data
Nicholas Turton (he/him) serves as the Director of Communications for AAPI Data, overseeing the development and implementation of communications strategies that support AAPI Data’s efforts to disseminate research and data to shape public discourse and decision-making on AANHPI communities.
Nicholas has a diverse array of experience leveraging strategic communications as a powerful tool to shift the needle on pressing social and civic issues. Before joining the team at AAPI Data, Nicholas was a Communications Manager at The Trevor Project, where he helped manage rapid response media efforts to combat anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and rhetoric; amplified intersectional polling and peer-reviewed research on LGBTQ+ young people; and led Trevor’s It’s Still Happening campaign, drawing attention to the continued prevalence of conversion therapy practitioners in the U.S.
Prior to that, Nicholas also worked as a Senior Account Executive at Fenton, a social change agency, working across a number of social justice issues. Notably, he served as the key communications strategy lead on the agency’s work to support Stop AAPI Hate’s media, messaging, and public relations efforts — which contributed to prestigious recognition and awards including TIME100, a Webby Award, and PRWeek Award.
Nicholas has a M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University Los Angeles and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Based in Los Angeles, Nicholas was raised in his hometown of Buffalo, New York.