April L. Campbell, JD, will transition into her permanent role on August 24
On behalf of our Search Committee and with the endorsement of our Board of Directors, we are excited to announce that April Campbell, JD, will become ALA’s next Executive Director effective August 24. We are proud to recognize that April is the first female Executive Director in ALA history. April has served as the Interim Executive Director of the Association since February 2020.
After a thorough and thoughtful search process, including more than 100 candidates considered for the role, it became abundantly clear that April’s abilities best align with our ALA culture. Her passion and extensive legal management experience uniquely position her to attain ALA’s mission and reflect its values. April has been a member of ALA for 15 years and a part of the legal industry for 25 years. As ALA President, she led the Association through several strategic initiatives aimed at increasing member value, including bylaw changes and governance realignment. April previously served as a Regional Director, President-Elect, President and Past President from 2014 to 2020.
“I am incredibly excited for this opportunity, especially at a time when the legal management profession and the legal industry are undergoing an evolution,” April says. “I feel privileged to be associated with an organization that provides its members with the resources and connections they need to lead their legal organizations into the future through change leadership and innovative solutions. As we explore the endless possibilities to improve legal service delivery and promote successful leadership and management of high-performing legal organizations, I know there are no limits to what ALA and its members can achieve together.”
April’s term as Interim Executive Director coincided with a period of incredible challenges as the legal industry and the Association addressed the disruption created by the pandemic. During this time, April demonstrated her management skills, leadership and ALA spirit as we developed and delivered ALA’s first fully virtual Annual Conference & Expo, ALA Today: The Virtual Conference.
As we move forward into the second half of the year, April will play a critical role in stewarding the Board and our ALA staff in the development of our next Strategic Plan, preserving ALA’s position as the premier resource for legal management professionals.
We congratulate April on her new role as Executive Director. We are confident that under her leadership the Association will continue to excel in its vision and mission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at BoardOfDirectors@alanet.org.