Area of Focus: Congo, DRC, film
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
April Houston is a feminist, vegetarian, social justice advocate, and communications professional based in Atlanta, Georgia. She works on the sexual and reproductive health and rights team at CARE, a global poverty-fighting organization, providing knowledge management and communications support. She has provided communications consulting services for other international development organizations, including PATH
and Iris Group International.
April chose a career in global health/development after spending over a decade advocating for international human rights in her spare time. She worked with Congolese refugees in St. Louis, Missouri during her time as a Carl Wilkens Fellow, planning an annual memorial event and helping to facilitate connections between these refugees and other groups in the St. Louis community. She also volunteered as deputy director of communications for Panzi Foundation USA (co-founded by Lee Ann De Reus, a 2009 Fellow) for several years, supporting their efforts to build visibility and raise funds for Panzi Hospital in eastern DR Congo, known for their work with survivors of war-related sexual violence. In 2014, she traveled to Panzi Hospital to produce a short documentary highlighting their programs.
April’s professional background is in television, and she worked at a St. Louis television station as a videographer, editor, writer, producer, and director for several years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Union University and a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis.