The Team


Founder & President

Britnie Turner founded Aerial in 2009 at the age of 21 with the mission of elevating people and places. Britnie has since formed multiple companies under the Aerial brand, all accelerating her mission by empowering people, sustaining the planet, and utilizing capitalism as a force for good. With the success of her companies, Britnie has again expanded the Aerial brand to include its nonprofit: Aerial Global Community. Britnie is excited to create the nonprofit of the future: one that is transparent, efficient, and focused on cultivating sustainable giving.


Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Implementation

Ellie Shefi has a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and is an attorney in good standing with the Tennessee State Bar, the California State Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar. Additionally, Ellie has over 15 years of experience owning and managing businesses, and over 30 years of experience as a teacher, public speaker, advocate for social and humanitarian causes and engaged public servant. Having been extremely involved in a variety of causes both in the US and abroad since childhood, Ellie has a lifetime of experience and a global network of connections, all of which she utilizes to grow Aerial Global Community into a true force for good.


Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Lindsey Buxman is passionate about marketing, consumer behavior, and leveraging communities to meet a common goal. As Director of Sales and Strategy at CrowdTwist, Lindsey has worked with brands like Disney, L’Oreal, Anheuser-Busch, and TOMS to design marketing campaigns that engage and delight customers. She is the executive director of CRNCHR, a fund that focuses on live entertainment investments. Lindsey is excited to support Aerial Global Community’s marketing, community engagement, and donor relations.


Vice President, Development & Community Relations

Nicole is a social sector strategist who works with philanthropists and nonprofit organizations to accomplish their missions for a better world. With over a decade of experience engaging institutions and communities around the globe, Nicole knows that a group armed with data, dedication, and a clear vision can conquer any challenge. Nicole brings her passion for environmental sustainability, resilience and adaptation to the Aerial Global Community team. As a student of systems thinking, group relations, and adaptive leadership, Nicole believes the solutions to the world’s most pressing issues will emerge through communities of diverse and inspired people – people like the dreamers, donors and doers of Aerial Global Community. Nicole holds a BA in psychology and English from Bowdoin College and an MA in nonprofit management and leadership from the University of San Diego.