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AdColonized: Getting to Know April Pratt

Posted Apr 19, 2018

She’s a problem-solver and data cruncher. Her name is April Pratt and she’s the Technical Program Manager in our Seattle office! April’s role focuses on designing solutions and ensuring GDPR compliance for various cross-functional teams. Before coming to AdColony, she was an advisor to the Air Force, working on satellite programs. During her free time, April enjoys watching anime, wool needle felting, and weight lifting! April, it’s time to get you AdColonized!

What exactly does a Technical Program Manager do at AdColony? What’s an average day like for you?
A Technical Program Manager (TPM) in general helps teams solve technical problems and design solutions for those problems. At AdColony, I am primarily focused on the Big Data team and GDPR. It is my responsibility to help the team understand the business need and impact of a requirement and its design solution. I spend a lot of time in meetings, and work cross-functionally across the organization gathering that understanding to share with the team.

Tell us a little about your experiences prior to joining AdColony & how they have prepared you for your role here.
I worked over ten years in the Space Industry as an advisor to the Air Force on a few of their satellite programs. It was my responsibility to ensure that money and resources were being spent to solve the appropriate problem in the most efficient manner. This included identifying when an industry partner’s solution had bloat or a different solution would cost the government less money. This experience is not dissimilar from my role here at AdColony. I ask questions like how much will that cost, is there a way to do this offline, what about ‘x’, etc…

What made AdColony the right fit for you?
I was excited about the opportunity at AdColony because I felt that I would be able to help the organization define how they leverage TPMs in the future. I also felt the cultural fit would be perfect.

How do you keep growing & learning in what you do?
One of the ways that I think helps me the most is just feedback from the teams I support. At the end of the day if they feel like I have been helpful and it was beneficial for me to be involved, that’s all that matters. Another thing I try to do is work on certifications that prove I know and understand the processes that my role generally supports in large organizations.

What are your hobbies or activities that you look forward to doing on the weekends or after work?
I am into wool needle felting, reading, anime, video games, running, weight lifting, and hiking (to name just a few). Typically during the week, I will play video games or watch anime. On the weekends I can spend the entire weekend on a needle felted project or binge reading a book (or 3).

Which app is keeping you engaged lately? Why?
I love Carrot5’s snarkiness. It is a great weather app and I check it every morning before picking out what to wear for the day. Another great app is Todoist which is a todo list app that is helping me stay on top of tasks.

What’s one thing not many people know about you that you’re willing to share?
My parents were both in the Navy and so I was born in Naples, Italy. I spent a few years there before we moved back to the States. My birth certificate is issued out of the Library of Congress, which I found out when I requested a new one for my passport.

Do you have a nickname at work? If so, is there a story behind it?
I assume I am too new to have one yet…

What is your favorite moment you’ve had with the AdColony team so far?
Learning that I have so much in common with the various team members I work with closely was a nice bonus to the cultural fit.

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Marketing Coordinator at AdColony
Marketing Coordinator by day, foodie by night. Sarin enjoys writing, researching, and keeping up with the latest tech trends.
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