Meet April Verlato

April Verlato, a dedicated public servant with a rich background as a businesswoman, attorney, and community leader, is at the forefront of representing California’s vibrant and diverse 28th Congressional District. Born and raised in Arcadia, where her roots run deep, April’s journey is one of resilience, dedication, and a steadfast commitment to public service and community development.

April’s academic foundation was laid at the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she majored in Political Science, igniting her passion for governance and public policy. Her quest for knowledge and a desire to advocate for others led her to Southwestern School of Law, culminating in a distinguished law degree. Taking the reins of her father’s law practice in 2000, April has been at the forefront of advocating for justice, specializing in Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Litigation, making significant strides in ensuring her clients’ voices are heard and respected.

Her political journey began with a remarkable victory over a multi-term incumbent for a seat on the city council in 2016, a testament to her ability to connect with the electorate and advocate for change. Throughout her tenure, April has been a unifying force in Arcadia, championing community projects and initiatives that have brought the city together and fostered a sense of belonging and pride among its residents. Her leadership skills were further recognized when she was elected to serve on the Executive Board as Vice President of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, reflecting her peers’ trust in her vision and leadership abilities.

April’s tenure as Mayor during the unprecedented times of COVID-19 showcased her exceptional leadership and crisis management skills. Her proactive measures in collecting donations for PPE and essentials for first responders and coordinating with health departments and local officials exemplified her dedication to her community’s safety and well-being. Furthermore, her ability to keep the community informed and calm during the Bobcat Fire crisis speaks volumes of her commitment to her constituents.

Under her leadership, Arcadia achieved a significant financial milestone with a $9M budget surplus, demonstrating her fiscal responsibility and strategic planning skills. This financial acumen was instrumental in addressing Arcadia’s unfunded pension liability, ensuring the city’s economic stability and sustainability for future generations.

April’s vision for California and the 28th Congressional District is built on the pillars of economic prosperity, public safety, community engagement, and fiscal responsibility. She is committed to creating jobs, supporting small businesses, ensuring affordable housing, and addressing homelessness with compassionate, effective solutions. Her stance on national security, veterans’ affairs, and healthcare underscores her commitment to ensuring a safe, prosperous, and inclusive society for all.

April Verlato’s campaign is not just about an election; it’s about bringing hope, unity, and progress to the 28th Congressional District. With a proven track record of leadership, advocacy, and community service, April stands ready to represent her constituents in Congress, bringing about meaningful change and ensuring that their voices are heard and acted upon. Her journey is a testament to her resilience, dedication, and unwavering commitment to serving her community and the state of California.