April De Simone, Founder of The Practice of Democracy, is a transdisciplinary designer working at the intersection of architecture, planning, and systems thinking. She investigates the implicit relationship between the built environment and the conditions shaping our society. Her work connects a deeper understanding of how inequity and dehumanization are spatialized and proliferated. In partnership with diverse stakeholders, she reframes opportunities within spatial practice, to root democratic values into the environments and systems we build around us. Recently, she was recognized by Enterprise Community Partners as one of their Impactful 40. A Dean Merit Scholar recipient, she received her Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design.