April NunnResearch Manager, UCLA
April Nunn is a Research Manager at the California Policy Lab (CPL) where she manages the Homelessness Prevention Community Advisory Board and conducts qualitative research on mixed methods projects in the homelessness portfolio. She is particularly interested in how processes can be streamlined in order to rapidly connect people who are the most vulnerable with the resources they need. She is passionate about CPL’s research and the impact it can have on policy issues across California.
As a native Angeleno, April has seen the direct impact homelessness has had on her community- in particular, its impact on close family members. These experiences drove her to study communities by delving into their history, their people, and their government policies. She later translated this passion in her work at nonprofit agencies in communities across the US.
Prior to joining CPL, April worked as a Program Manager at the Downtown Women’s Center where she managed the creation of an evidence-based program to house and provide supportive services to one hundred of the most vulnerable women experiencing homelessness in the Skid Row community. She was also a Program Manager at UCLA’s Center for Community Learning where she supported UCLA students with service projects in the surrounding Los Angeles community and at a nonprofit serving transition age youth experiencing homelessness, where she provided them with interim housing and services. She has conducted evaluations of LAUSD’s lowest-performing schools’ attendance to determine interventions to improve outcomes and also taught 7th grade science in St. Louis.
April holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Outside of CPL, April enjoys playing basketball, exploring LA, spending time with her family and playing with her English bulldog, Sir Snarls Barkley.