APRIL HORTON is a registered lobbyist for Verizon. She leads all government affairs and legislative activity for Verizon in the Bronx and Mid-State. She is responsible for securing Verizon’s short-term objectives and advancing its long-term goals by communicating with key internal and external audiences and positioning the company’s strategic direction, progress towards targeted goals and advances in products and services. Ms. Horton is responsible for philanthropic strategy, grant-making and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the areas of digital inclusion, climate protection and human prosperity and employee volunteerism. She has served as Co-Chair for the Young Professionals Advisory Group of A Better Chance, working to ensure children of color have access to premier education opportunities. Ms. Horton was selected as one of 25 Influential Women of the Bronx and honored by the Bronx Democratic County Committee. Born and raised in the Bronx, she is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University. As a mother of two, she brings a passion for cultivating young minds through education, exploration and diverse experiences.