April was born on New Year’s Eve and has always been drawn to opportunities for transition, growth, and transformation. She joins the Girls Leadership team with a desire to make a life-long difference in the relationships that girls have with themselves and others. Facilitating self-expression, discovery, and team-building are some common threads of April’s professional experiences as a summer camp instructor, middle-school Spanish teacher at Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland, Training Director and volunteer for Amigos de las Américas, and yes – swim coach and former team mascot, “Solar Woman.” She was once a shy 14 year-old who almost didn’t make the cut for a youth leadership program because she was introverted and observed others rather than jumping right into an activity. Ten years later she became the Training Director for that very program, helping young people take initiative in a supportive environment before traveling to Latin America. April holds a B.A. in Art History from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Teaching Foreign Language from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. April loves working with GL girls and their families to strengthen their tools for self-expression and communication.