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Welcome to the Bay Area

Since 1990, 3,982 high school sophomores reflecting the San Francisco Bay Area have chosen to become Summer Searchers.

We provide year-round 1:1 and group mentoring, transformational experiential learning, and legit CONNECTs for the real world.

Read Our Bay Area Impact Report

Land Acknowledgement 

Our Bay Area offices reside on the unceded land of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan, Graton Rancheria, Ohlone, Miwok, Muwekma, and Southern Pomo peoples, past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself, and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.

We recognize this as just one step in acknowledging the history of forced removal of indigenous people from their land and our work toward racial justice.

We ask you to join us in acknowledging the Confederated Villages of Lisjan, Graton Rancheria, Ohlone, Miwok, Muwekma, and Southern Pomo communities, their elders both past and present, and future generations.

Get In Touch

Oakland

304 12th Street, Suite 4A, Oakland, California 94607
415.362.0500

Richmond

210 Washington Ave, Suite B, Richmond, California 94801
415.362.0500

Santa Rosa

635 5th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707.763.2001

bayarea@summersearch.org

Our People

(Choose a Category above to filter between our Bay Area Community Staff and our Board / Alumni Boards.)

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Carolina Cashaw

Alumni Board Member

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Eduardo Fernandez

Alumni Board Member

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Joe Munayer

Board Finance Committee Lead

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Leona Cheng

Co-Chair

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Jason Baker

Lead Mentor | Bay Area

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Julia Barbano

Program Coordinator | Bay Area

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Sonemani Bitna

Senior Program Associate | Bay Area

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John Brennan

Board Member

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Christine Capacillo

Director of Alumni Relations and Career Services | Bay Area

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Liz Carey

Senior Program Associate | Bay Area

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Jeannine Carter

Bay Area Board Chair

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Lorraine Cawili

Co-Chair

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Amanda Cho

Summer Programs Manager | Bay Area

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Joey Christiano

Board Member

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Erick C. Christoffersen

Board Member

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Ty Curry

Board Member

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Courtney Damji

Board Member

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Kenyon DeVault

Executive Director | Bay Area

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Romit Dey

Board Member

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Ron Duncan

Board Member

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Anceline Eustache

Program Manager | Bay Area

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Mira Fielding

Program Coordinator | Bay Area

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Anika Gillespie-Jones

Senior Program Associate | Bay Area

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Laili Gohartaj

Associate Director of Institutional Partnerships | Bay Area

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Josephine Guzman

Post-Secondary Program Coordinator | Bay Area

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Christopher Hooper

Board Member

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Howard Scott

Board Member

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Kelly Huang

Alumni Board Member

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Allyson Johnson

Board Member

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Kiyan Ng

Alumni Board Member

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Pooja Kohl

Board Member

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Komal Lahiri

Board Member

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Chuck Kurz

Board Member

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Frances Lee

Senior Director of Development | Bay Area

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Wayne Lee

Programming Committee Chair

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Shelby Lemons

Grants Manager | Bay Area

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Austin Lim

Post-Secondary Program Coordinator | Bay Area

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Nikos Liodakis

Board Member

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Tom Lyons

Board Member

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Alex McMullin

Board Member

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Melany Cortes Mederos

Program Associate | Bay Area

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Brian Mertens

Regional Program Director | Bay Area

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Reyna Moreno

Program Coordinator | Bay Area

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Melissa Nop

Alumni Board Member

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LAITH OCEAN

Senior Program Associate | Bay Area

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Marie Pierre

Board Member

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NANCY POLIO

Regional Operations Manager | Bay Area

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Ernie Lopez Ponce

Alumni Board Member

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John Poole

Program Manager | Bay Area

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LeAna Powell

School and Community Engagement Coordinator | Bay Area

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Justin Robinson

Senior Donor Relations Manager | Bay Area

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Gee Salas

Post-Secondary Program Manager | Bay Area

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Jocelyn Sanchez

Senior Post-Secondary Success Coordinator | Bay Area

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Dani Sanchez

Program Associate | Bay Area

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Fernando Serrato

Career Navigator & Internship Manager | Bay Area

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Sonika Singal

Board Member

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Zavi Smith

Senior Program Manager | Bay Area

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Carly Solberg

Program Coordinator | Bay Area

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Jamey Spencer

Board Member

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Sajira The

Senior Donor Relations Manager | Bay Area

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Donaciano Torres

School and Community Engagement Manager | Bay Area

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Carolina Torres

Post-Secondary Program Coordinator

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Gretel Tortolani

Board Member

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Jen Tribbet

Senior Program Associate | Bay Area

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Ryan Utsumi

Board Member

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Cynthia Weldon

Board Member

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Dennis Xie

Co-Chair

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Curtis Yancy

Board Member

Connect With Us

Connect with us in person, on Summer Search CONNECT, and on Instagram to learn about all of the new, exciting projects we’re taking on here at Summer Search.

Bay Area | #ThatsWhy

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"Why summer search? Because here you can make friends that'll be with you for life."

— Kenyon, Bay Area Staff

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"[Summer Search] gave me the tools, the space, the challenges, the opportunities, the mentorship I needed in my life to help me embrace where I come from and who I am."

— Lupita, Bay Area Alumna and Boston Alumni Board Member

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"You should join Summer Search because there's nothing more powerful than having a group of people believe in you, sometimes, even more than you believe in yourself."

— Nick, National Staff

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"The heart of what we do is relationships. And that's the heart of what alumni work is."

— Seth, National Staff

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" I felt empowered, motivated to continue the work and reconnect with my summer search family."

— Angelica, Bay Area Alumna

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"Because you can go abroad for free. Get an amazing advisor who's always there to help you, and many more benefits."

— Ngoc, Bay Area Summer Searcher

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"Because people of color deserve to have access to the outdoors just as much as everyone else."

— Morgan, former Bay Area staff

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"Because we're looking for students like you that want to grow, that want to challenge themselves, that wanna get it put in a new environment and learn. That's WHY!"

— Chano, Bay Area Alum

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