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April Harrison, Financial and Administrative Associate

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April Harrison, Financial and Administrative Associate

April Harrison, M.A.

With more than 20 years of experience working for community organizations and national nonprofits, April brings a wealth of operations and program management experience to the Horizon Foundation.

April manages administrative tasks and provides executive support to the Foundation president, assists with financial administration and oversees meeting space coordination. She has extensive experience in engaging the Howard County community through previous administrative roles at Columbia Academy and the Community Foundation of Howard County, as well as a community organizing position at the Columbia Association. April also served as a commissioner and program chair for the Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.

At the national literacy nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental, April supported development efforts and served on a steering committee responsible for planning events and providing books for children throughout the nation’s capital. She also worked at the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as the office manager for the Washington, D.C., office and program coordinator for PTA’s arts, culture and literature initiatives. In this role, April was instrumental in creating and managing national partnerships, expanding one of PTA’s flagship programs and creating the “Start the Art Week” and the “Dear Mr. President, Please Save the Arts” campaign. She initiated PTA’s relationship with the U.S. Department of Education and organized a ribbon-cutting event in the department’s headquarters displaying student artwork from across the country.

April currently serves on the executive board of the Howard County NAACP. April holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University and a M.A. in Human Service Counseling, Family Advocacy & Public Policy from Liberty University. She lives in Columbia with her family.

Favorite things in Howard County

  • Farmers Markets
  • Walking paths and trails
  • Events and concerts at Merriweather

Why I care about promoting health and wellness

As an African American and a mother, I am passionate about educating my family and community about the importance of making healthy decisions. Engaging communities whose culture plays a major role in health and wellness is a challenge. Together we can make a change by breaking stigmas, exploring options and providing resources.


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