April Giles, President & CEO
Colorado Bioscience Association
April serves at the Colorado Bioscience Association’s President & CEO, after joining the organization in 2006 as the Director of Operations and becoming the Executive Vice President in 2011. During her tenure the organization has grown from a small startup enterprise to a mature and successful organization.
At CBSA, April focuses on the cultivation of community partnerships, provides strategic guidance to industry partners, the state’s office of economic development, as well as advocacy at both the state and federal levels.
April launched the first-ever Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference with Johnson and Johnson Development Corporation in 2009 which has garnered millions of additional investment into Colorado bioscience companies and continues as a valued conference in 2013.
Additionally, she developed the 501c3 Colorado Bioscience Institute, as a related entity to the Association, setting strategy for Institute initiatives, and developing partnerships with local and national organizations related to workforce training and STEM programs.
Prior to joining the CBSA, April held two positions at the University of Colorado over 6 years. She worked in the Board of Regents Office supporting the nine elected officials and was recruited from that office to the University’s Heath Sciences campus where she had responsibilities involving community relations and organization of many of the Universities external partners. In this capacity April worked with governmental agencies, professional organizations, the business community, state and federal legislators, media, and donors to the University of Colorado. Her administration responsibilities included the consolidation and reorganization of a unit spanning two campuses, as well as coordinating visits of directors of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality;
April graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas and practiced in the profession for 3 years.