In Celebration of April Pace
April Pace, JD, President/CEO for Cardea, was born on October 4, 1957 in South Haven, Michigan. April graduated from Long Branch High School in New Jersey and was a gifted and passionate student who was driven by a commitment to give a voice to the voiceless. She left New Jersey to embark on an educational journey to prepare for a career in health and human services and graduated from New York University in New York City with a BS in political science and from The George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, DC with a JD.
In 1991, April moved to Seattle and joined Cardea Services, ultimately serving as President/CEO from 2013-2017. Through her extensive experience in health and human services, she was astute in addressing emerging trends and was a tireless advocate and leader in sexual and reproductive health. April guided collaborative efforts with federal, state, and local agencies, national advocacy organizations, and community-based providers throughout the U.S. She provided capacity building to support a wide range of organizations in improving clinical systems and driving organizational change and was particularly committed to supporting organizations in delivering culturally proficient services. Beyond her work at Cardea, April shared her expertise and skills as a board member for AIDS Housing of Washington, Downtown Emergency Service Center, and Plymouth Housing Group.
In addition to her success in professional endeavors, April was radiant in her love and compassion for others. A fiercely faithful and loyal friend, she always gave fully of herself to all she loved and cherished. April valiantly battled breast cancer for more than 20 years and was filled with an unrelenting desire to support others battling breast cancer. She never allowed her personal health challenges to define her, and she was an inspiration to all who met her.
Cardea’s Board of Directors and staff celebrate April’s life and legacy to our organization and the field and are forever grateful for her leadership, passion, and vision.