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Thanks for stopping by! If you're looking for an experienced health and science communications professional, you're in the right place. If you're looking for @AprilFin, who tweets about local food, running and Frederick, and writes OnePersonShop.com, you're in the right place. Need help with something else? Just send me a note.

About Me

April FinnenI speak both business and science. For 10 years, I led the Communications department for a biopharmaceutical company in Frederick, Maryland. Now, I'm supporting development and availability of medical countermeasures against very scary diseases full-time at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

On a personal level, I'm interested in food and nutrition, particularly healthy eating and community supported agriculture (CSA). I wrote content and produced weekly newsletters for the largest CSA in Frederick County, Maryland for three years, totaling more than 70 editions. I also wrote regular food section features for a local news site.

  • 20 years of communications experience
  • Industries: biotech, federal government, non-profit
  • Built communications programs from the ground for a biotech company and two non-profit organizations
  • MBA, University of Florida | BA, Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Taught public relations writing courses at Hood College

Featured Work

Science Communication Results: Work Samples

Thanks for stopping by. I'm currently working on some exciting projects as a Federal employee, and … [Read More...]

Healthy Eating and CSA Work

  Farmers should be business heroes. They're among the hardest-working people on Earth, … [Read More...]

The Rules of Modern Business Communication

  These rules are a collection of things that stuck with me as I read various books and … [Read More...]

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Put the human first, and other lessons from TEDMED

I’ve happened upon many things on Twitter: advance copies of books, a caterpillar that looks like Donald Trump’s hair, and even several awesome friends I may never have met otherwise. A few weeks ago, I saw an announcement that TEDMED—insert nerd swoon here—needed social media “reporters” to help cover its DC event. So I applied, […]

A Fresh Start

I’m sitting in my freshly painted and de-cluttered office, after spending the last two days in home-improvement-frenzy mode. And you know what? It feels like freedom. Let me explain. If you know me in real life, you probably know that I was recently laid off from a company where I worked for 10 years. I […]

Do what makes sense, and more from #FredNMT

Last week, I attended the 5th annual New Media & Technology Conference (#FredNMT), hosted by the Frederick Chamber. In my role as volunteer guest-tweeter, it was my job to share key points in real-time… in 140 characters or less. I was a bit overenthusiastic, earning me the nickname Tweet Zapper at the comic-themed conference, and […]

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