Press Release


Media Advisory: For Immediate Release

CONTACT: April Dinwoodie 212-925-4089


NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2013 – The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) today announced the appointment of April Dinwoodie to the newly created position of Chief Executive. Dinwoodie, who has been a member of the Institute’s Board since 2010, assumes her position today. Also effective today, Adam Pertman – who has served as Executive Director of the Institute since 2002 – becomes President, with primary responsibility for creating and executing DAI’s programmatic, policy and advocacy initiatives.

Dinwoodie’s primary responsibilities will be over the organization’s operations, finances and development. She will work closely with Pertman to drive the strategic direction and growth of DAI going forward.

“April embodies the intelligence, business acumen, dedication and experience that will help the Institute further our work to improve laws, policies and practices in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption,” said Susan Notkin, Chair of DAI’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to have April on-board.”

Prior to joining the Adoption Institute, Dinwoodie was most recently Director of External Media at JetBlue Airways, where she managed pro-active and reactive communications and was instrumental in strategizing and executing several new launches. She has also held communications and marketing positions at Nine West Group Inc., Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., Ruder Finn and J.C. Penney Inc.

Dinwoodie is a fierce advocate for children and families for whom adoption and foster care are everyday realities. She created a specialized mentoring program called “Adoptment,” in which adults who were adopted or who had spent time in foster care serve as mentors to youth in care. She is also a co-founder and Vice President of the Board of Fostering Change for Children, a progressive nonprofit that helps drive innovation in the child welfare system.

“As an adoptee, taking on this new leadership role at DAI is an honor and deeply personal,” said Dinwoodie. “I have seen first-hand the great benefits that the Institute provides not only to those directly connected to adoption, but also to society at large. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a Board member, and I look forward to working with Adam, the staff and our Board to lead DAI into the future.”

To contact April, write to or call 212-925-4089.

About The Donaldson Adoption Institute
The Donaldson Adoption Institute is a unique think tank that is pre-eminent in its field. Its mission is to provide leadership that improves laws, policies and practices – through sound research, analysis, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption. Since its founding in 1996, The Adoption Institute has been the only organization whose mandate takes a holistic approach to adoption by considering the needs of adopted persons, birth parents, adoptive parents, and all of their extended families. For more information, please go to