April Parker is a candidate for District D of the Raleigh City Council. April grew up in the heart of the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains in a little town called Sylva. From a young age she knew she wanted to leave her mark on the world. As she excelled through school, she realized she had a passion for learning and set her sights on higher education. After achieving undergraduate honors at North Carolina State University, she decided to pursue a part-time graduate degree at Harvard. In the spring of 2019, she graduated with a Master’s in Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, with a concentration in Government, as well as a Professional Graduate Certificate in International Security, from Harvard University.
During her time in graduate school, she worked as a NC Field Director for a campaign to amend the NC Constitution - she managed and executed events in more than 25 counties. She also worked as a regulatory specialist for an energy start-up company that aimed to use drones to detect harmful levels of oil and gas emissions.
Currently, April works with a criminal justice reform non-profit organization that educates others on criminal justice legislation such as the Second Chance Act, the Next Step Act, and the First Step Act. April is passionate about inspiring change at the municipal level and plans to use her work and academic experience to cultivate and implement innovative, non-partisan policies to best serve the residents of Raleigh.
“We have to take partisanship out of city politics. Municipal-level government is meant to be non-partisan, however, what we see today reflects anything but that. We have to ask ourselves, at what point should partisan politics overrule human decency?” - April Parker