April Ann Opatik joined American Farmland Trust originally in the D.C. office and has now found her way back to her roots in the Midwest as the Programs and Outreach Specialist. She manages the day-to-day operations and provides support in coordinating Soil Health Training Workshops, Women Learning Circles, and communication-outreach efforts for many of the other Midwest programs.
April grew up in the foothills of the Baraboo Bluffs and has been encouraged throughout her life by many of her farming family members to continue pursuing her passion for protecting farmland and open space. She holds a B.S. from University of Wisconsin's Stevens Point in Natural Resource Planning and Soil Science.
Before joining American Farmland Trust, she worked for central Wisconsin's land trust, North Central Conservancy Trust, where she served as a Programs Director. She also served as the County Planner for the Wood County Planning and Zoning Department. Two of her biggest accomplishments includes instilling a Park and Recreation plan for the Village of Hewitt in Wisconsin, and publishing a 15-page magazine spread featuring stories from North Central Conservancy Trust landowner easement donors.