Nicholas Turner, managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation, has been named president of the Vera Institute of Justice. Turner is formerly vice president and chief program officer at Vera. He succeeds Michael Jacobson, who is stepping down after eight years. Turner will be the fifth director of the 52-year-old institute, an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit center for justice policy and practice, with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Turner said that the U.S. “is becoming increasingly urban, challenging mayors and municipal leaders to promote public safety in smart ways that do not overly burden the communities they lead. And these communities are increasingly racially and ethnically diverse.” Vera develops research-based projects and reform initiatives, usually in partnership with local, state, or national officials across the U.S. and internationally.