April Benavidez

San Mateo, CA

Veteran of retained executive search with two decades in Silicon Valley.

Executive Search at Apple

Why did you join the Rise Up Leadership Council?

I’d been searching for a meaningful way to support initiatives making a global societal impact on girls and women. Rise Up’s strategy and approach spoke to me, having been in the world of Silicon Valley start-ups. The final pull came when Rise Up announced U.S. initiatives shortly after the 2016 presidential election.

What is your favorite way to contribute to the Leadership Council?

I feel like I’m still learning about all the great work of Rise Up and its partners. My greatest contribution thus far is learning and serving as a voice. I look forward to mentoring in the future.

What has been your favorite Leadership Council experience?

I joined Rise Up on trips to New York for the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2017 and Los Angeles for the United State of Women Summit in 2018 (my blog post). I look forward to joining Rise Up and other Leadership Council members in visits to global partners.