For more than 16 years, April Day has brought her unique passion, intellect, and “sheer willingness” to her mission to develop communities and improve lives through education and economic sustainability. Her body of work demonstrates that she has always been on the front end of active service, challenging the status quo in order to create, deliver and preserve programs that achieve her personal goal to change the world.
April started her results-driven career as a program director for a 15-branch youth mentorship program involving 800 youth and 200 volunteers. Since then, April has strengthened the administrative and fiscal operations of several organizations; helped to prepare thousands of young people for college and life responsibilities; launched a women’s business center to support 500-plus small business owners and entrepreneurs annually; managed a total of eight million in annual budget dollars; and raised in excess of $3.5 million in grant funding.
Today, April serves as president of the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA). The WBEA is a leading third-party certifying organization that serves 750 women-owned business enterprises representing nine billion dollars in revenue and more than 40,000 jobs in 94 Texas counties. April’s primary role is to increase opportunities for women-owned businesses and corporate members through education programs and professional networking.
April gives back to the community by serving on several advisory boards including the Port of Houston Authority, Will’s Kids, the Parris Foundation and the University of Houston Non-profit Leadership Alliance. She is a business trainer for the Houston Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurship, guest lecturer for the University of Houston’s School of Social Work and a mentor for the Me to We Foundation.
A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, April earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a proud UH Cougar, a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance alum and member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, inc.
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