Founder and Executive Director
April established Build Institute in 2012 under Downtown Detroit Partnership. Since that time, she guided the organization through significant waves of growth to serve nearly 2000 Detroit-based entrepreneurs – mostly women and people of color – with an annual budget of $1,000,000.
Her current vision for Build Institute includes a mix of strategic planning and general operations, program and resource development, preparing for a move into new space and the launch of Build’s inclusive entrepreneurship hub at The Corner in Corktown, and serving as an ambassador for micro-entrepreneurship in Detroit and beyond. She is driven to remove barriers to entrepreneurship, and help show the benefits and potential of banking on innovators who don’t always fit a standardized mold – all to help make Detroit’s economy stronger and an even more vibrant and rewarding place to live.
April has deep roots in Detroit and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University. In addition to her role at Build Institute, she is a founding member of D:hive where she served as Director of Small Business Initiatives and helped launch the Build program. She is also the co-creator of a number of grass-roots ventures including the award-winning family Hootenanny kids concert series and the critically-acclaimed Indonesian pop-up restaurant Komodo Kitchen. She sits on the board of Kiva Detroit and the advisory board for Ponyride. She is also co-owner and investor in Gold Cash Gold building and restaurant in Corktown in Detroit.