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April Fournier

National Program Manager, Advance Native Political Leadership

April Fournier (Navajo) is the National Program Manager for Advance Native Political Leadership. She supports the development and delivery of the Native Leadership Institute’s Leadership Training Program and Native Digital Fellowship.


April has extensive experience in community organizing, community leadership and development, coalition building, and training. April is the co-founder of the first all-Indigenous roller derby team and worked to leverage technology and community building to engage team members globally. She is currently serving as an at-large councilor on the city council in Portland, Maine, the first Native woman to serve in that office. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and holds a degree of Master of Education in Intervention Studies.


April resides with her husband, four children and two dogs in Portland. She enjoys Maine’s different seasons, and will swim in the ocean year-round. She also enjoys live music indoors or outdoors, sometimes traveling south to Boston for shows, visiting the many eateries and microbrews around Maine, family game night, beading, and reading science fiction and fantasy novels.

April Fournier