April Glad, Senior Program Officer
Winston Churchill once said that “to improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.” We doubt Julie Peterson had Churchill in mind, but she clearly was thinking change when she announced recently that she wanted to be known as April Glad. Officially, as in soon-to-be court approved. Glad was her beloved grandmother’s name, April just a sound and season she likes. The transition is but one of many in an eclectic career that spans a high school job at the “Poor Little Rich Girl” dress shop in Beverly Hills, to representing displaced Navajo people in Arizona, to Cornell and Harvard Law, private practice, a variety of nonprofits and ultimately to Pinkerton. Along the way, April served as a consultant to several foundations as well as the Vera Institute of Justice. She joined Pinkerton in 2013 after three years as Director of Public Private Partnerships for the New York City Department of Probation during the Bloomberg Administration. Her primary focus is on Youth and Family Justice. A fierce advocate for the incarcerated and especially for court-involved youth, April, well actually, Julie, has written widely on the valuable role that “credible messenger mentors”—people with direct experience in the criminal justice system—can play in preventing others from repeating that history. By whatever name, we’re confident that her powerful work will continue.