April Christina Curley

Baltimore City Board of Education Commissioners

April Christina will be the first out genderqueer person elected in Baltimore County!

Biography

For more than a decade, April Christina Curley has built her career centering marginalized students, working to drastically changing the trajectory of their lives through the power of education and technology. Most recently, she spent 6 years as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager at Google working to expand access to opportunities in tech for undergraduate black and brown students, including those who identify as coming from low-income communities, students with disabilities, and students who exist along the queer spectrum. While there, she worked to create and grow several of Google’s key diversity hiring programs such as Google-in-Residence and Google Tech Exchange; single-handedly increasing Google’s black technical hires from 0 hires in 2014 to over 500 hires in 2020. Other notable achievements in her time at Google include managing Google’s Queer Tech Voices Conference featuring high-profile speakers and artists, spearheading the Google Student Newsletter as editor-in-chief engaging over 3,500 undergraduate students and faculty, and innovating recruitment efforts to support first-generation and low-income technical students in the hiring process.

In September 2020, after years of tirelessly advocating for black and brown students and actively raising her voice about the inherent biases that exist in the internal structures and policies at Google, April Christina Curley was locked out of all Google tools and terminated. In December 2020, April shared her story with the world, driving 19 million impressions with her twitter thread bringing attention to toxic tech culture and the impact of harmful practices at tech companies like Google. Her story has reached a global audience, and has sparked an international dialogue about being black in tech.

Formerly, she was a diversity recruiter for Teach for America after first serving as a high school social studies teacher in West Baltimore. April holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Black History and Education from McDaniel College and an M.A. in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Currently, April is continuing her mission to better serve low-income students pursuing roles in tech as the Engagement and Partnerships manager for Last Mile Education Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of Baltimore’s own Digital Harbor Foundation.

Curley’s roots are embedded throughout the great city of Baltimore, and is a product of parents from West Baltimore. Curley’s father is a proud grad of Baltimore City College. Curley’s working-class family has played an instrumental role in education, healthcare, and social work for over 40 years in Baltimore City. From Allendale Road, McCullough Street, Oakford Avenue, Druid Hill and everything in between, Charm City has always been at the core of who Curley is.

In her freetime, April is working to make Baltimore City as a safer space for queer people of color by creating Baltimore’s premiere queer sports league, Prism Sports.

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