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April Wang

Education Director

826 Boston

April is the Education Director for 826 Boston, a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life.

Formerly a high school English teacher, April received her doctorate in education leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on the role of public schools in empowering rural citizens and communities. To that end, April worked with the Harvard Delta Project to draft farm-to-cafeteria legislation in Jackson, Mississippi, and to create a plan for improving police-community relationships in the town of Helena, Arkansas.

In the past decade, April has collected a wide variety of education experiences, including: teaching in a high needs school in the Arkansas Delta; drafting legislation around teacher hiring and retention in the office of Colorado Governor Mike Johnston; shaping early childhood policy in the office of Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy; and consulting with the San Diego Public Schools leadership team to revise their diversity practices.