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April De Simone

designing the WE

April De Simone is a social impact designer and strategist with over 20 years of experience cultivating sustainable initiatives and ventures centered on systemically addressing complex socio-spatial challenges. Her upbringing in a Bronx neighborhood steeped in the collateral consequences of policies and practices like Redlining, urban renewal, and the war on drugs, embedded a first-hand understanding of the long-term impact on those who tow the front-lines. Continuing to advocate for innovation, she explores the role of design in activating equitable lived experiences within the built environment.