April Fournier (Navajo) is the Program Lead, Training & Alumni for Advance Native Political Leadership. In this role, she serves as the Native Leadership Institute’s master trainer, is responsible for cultivating a network of national trainers, leads the execution of our virtual training programs, supports as a trainer across Advance’s ecosystem of leadership pathway programs, and acts as an advisor for our growing alumni network.
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.
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 micro-brews around Maine, family game night, beading, and reading science fiction and fantasy novels.