Interim Chief Operations Officer and Systems Change Leader
April Nishimura has fifteen years of experience building power and resilience in communities of color. Her expertise is in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector and is informed by her prior experience as a grassroots community organizer and as an LGBTQ woman of color.
Previously, April worked as director of capacity building at RVC. In this role, she developed a team of BIPOC capacity builders, who supported numerous grassroots BIPOC organizations to actualize their dreams for their communities. Prior to this, April spearheaded the governance model for a collective impact initiative of over 100 environmental and justice organizations in the Puyallup Watershed. While in Seattle, April co-founded and co-directed an organization on the frontlines of healing justice, fostering leadership development for LGBTQ BIPOC working for social justice.
April is fascinated by organizational development and change management. She is passionate about creating teams and workplaces that unlock people’s full potential. As a lifelong learner, April looks for the connectors and principles between fields. Her current studies center on transformation towards wholeness, healing and justice as well as responsible uses of power.
April has extensive experience as a consultant to nonprofits, as well as businesses and foundations. She is a Certified Professional Coach, with a focus on Internal Family Systems. She has an M.B.A. in nonprofit management, an M.A. in sustainable international development, and a B.A. in international studies with a concentration on global health.
April is currently a board member of Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) and the international human rights organization Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), where she helped establish the equity and justice taskforce. She is the author of Transformational Capacity Building and enjoys writing, dancing, enthusiastic karaoke, and being by the ocean. She trains at a Zen Dojo in Honolulu in meditation and cha-do (Japanese tea ceremony).