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2023 Purple Diamond Award Winners

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2023 Purple Diamond Warrior Award Winner

April Parker is a successful business executive and entrepreneur turned nonprofit leader.  With
over 20 years of experience as a corporate executive in contract law, she is best known for her
leadership and for creating such well-known brands as EDEN Bodyworks and April Parker
Shoes. 

Her dedication to serving others lead her to serve in the U.S. Army. After moving to Long Beach, California, in 2014, April observed socioeconomic disparities similar to those she witnessed growing up.  She founded
the April Parker Foundation with a passion for problem-solving to address the disparities of
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in her community. 
 
Her foundation serves as a vital community resource, ensuring BIPOC and veteran community
members obtain equitable access to essential resources and by providing advocacy and
culturally engaging services that remove barriers to improve the health, social and economic
outcomes of historically disinvested communities.

Wanting to inspire and equip the next generation, her foundation offers scholarships to high
school BIPOC youth aspiring to attend college and youth entrepreneurship business camps that
provide youth with foundational knowledge, resources, and support to embark on their
entrepreneurial journeys.

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Theresa has been associated with Precious Life Shelter since 1989. First as Volunteer Coordinator training individuals seeking to work with the organization. She became a member of the Board of Directors in 1990 and begun working on fund raising aspects for the shelter; initiating the annual “Affair of the Heart” dinner
dance and auction for over 300 donors, volunteers, and supporters. In 1996 she was elected to
represent the Board as President/CEO. Theresa is involved in many civic organizations and volunteers her services when needed. She is past Director for the Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Orange County Homeless Issues Task Force; the Shelter Providers Forum; the Partnership for Responsible Public Policy; the Cypress Chamber; Legislative Committee West Orange County; Education Committee for Chamber; West Coast Maternity Home Association; the Perinatal Substance Abuse Network; Crisis Pregnancy Network of the Dioceses of Orange; participated in the Orange County Social Services Task Force, in 2007 was a member of the County of Orange Homeless Multi-Service Center Technical Advisory Committee; worked on the Welfare Reform Committee in 1996; participated in the development of the Task Force for 10-Year Plan to End Homeless in 1999 and 2009; Supervisor Silva’s Community Advisory Committee; Sits on the local Chamber Civic Affairs Committee; helped form collaborative in Los Alamitos for a Family Resource Center, Partner 4 Solutions; and is a member of the Los Alamitos/Seal Beach Rotary
Club, Director of Cypress Chamber, and Chair Since 2016. In 2006, she sat on the founding board for the Women’s Symposium kick off International Woman’s locally. She is currently President and CEO of Precious Life shelter.

2023 Purple Diamond Award Winner

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