April Harrington

April Harrington

Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, Economic Opportunities Program

Chief Operating Officer & Interim Executive Director, Growing Home, Chicago, Illinois

April Harrington is the Chief Operating Officer, and currently Interim Executive Director, at Growing Home in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Growing Home provides job training and transitional jobs to people experiencing multiple barriers to employment, through organic farming. April has been with Growing Home for six years, where she moved up through the development department before moving over to program and organizational management. Prior to working at Growing Home, she earned her bachelor’s in International Development Studies from York University in Toronto, volunteered and interned at a variety of local and international nonprofits, most serving refugees, and spent seven long (but very fun) years waiting tables.

April Harrington is a member of the Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at as.pn/eofn.