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April Crews
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April Crews has over 10 years experience as a media relations consultant providing website content, e-newsletters, and other communications vehicles for both businesses and nonprofit organizations. Her experience includes assisting with media logistics for nonprofit conferences including the Corporate Council on Africa's biannual international conference, and assisting with the lobbying effort for the now established Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture.  Additional clients have included the American Bar Association, the National Academies of Sciences, and the Armed Services blood Program, where she edited and wrote articles for the program’s 22 regional websites, its national website and its monthly e-newsletter, ASBP Focal Point.

April received a B.S. in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and has completed work at the George Washington University College of Professional Studies in Washington, DC.

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