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Laura Crosby

Associate Director of Events

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Laura is motivated by her belief in the...

 

Laura Crosby

Position: Associate Director of Events
Email: lcrosby@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Laura is motivated by her belief in the power of young people to change the world when they have access to the tools and mentors to support them. Laura brings a decade of experience supporting nonprofits in education and youth development. Most recently, she served as the Director of Individual Giving and Events at City Year Jacksonville.

Laura received a master’s degree in public service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and a bachelor’s degree international relations, history, and religion from the University of Miami. A native Floridian, Laura enjoys traveling, baking, and exploring her new home in the Bay Area.

Shubhi grew up in the Bay Area, in Pleasanton. She...

 

Shubhi Badjatiya

Shubhi grew up in the Bay Area, in Pleasanton. She then went to college at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she got involved with nonprofits and developed a passion for education equity.

Currently, she works at fintech company Nova Credit, which aims to power a fair and inclusive financial system for the world. She works on a variety of projects ranging from product analytics to customer-facing initiatives.

One of the reasons Shubhi joined Nova Credit was because of their mission-driven organization, it’s also the main reason she’s a part of Summer Search as well. Finance and Education go hand in hand, and unfortunately our society overlooks issues of equity and inclusion in both. She feels strongly about bridging the education and wealth gap in America and her drive and passion for a fairer and more just society are what keeps her going.

Daniel is a Bay Area native, who moved back to...

 

Daniel Blakey

Professional Title: Baker Street Advisors

Daniel is a Bay Area native, who moved back to the city after 5 years spent in the PNW, in Seattle. He works for a wealth management firm named Baker Street Advisors. He grew up in Danville, CA, and went to Pepperdine University, where he played lacrosse and spent a year abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. His involvement with Summer Search began in November 2020.

Courtney is a Bay Area native, who has always been...

 

Courtney Buchanan

Professional Title: Content Strategist, OpenTable

Courtney is a Bay Area native, who has always been passionate about education equity. She has been involved with the Associate Board since 2016 and connected to Summer Search for many years prior. After graduating from Lehigh University, Courtney returned to San Francisco to begin her career in content marketing. She currently works as a content strategist for OpenTable.

Sugarsuren, or Sugar for short, is a Co-chair of the...

 

Sugarsuren Byambasuren

Position: Co-Chair
Professional Title: Senior Associate, Blue Wood Capital LLC. Summer Search Alumnus.

Sugarsuren, or Sugar for short, is a Co-chair of the Bay Area Associate Board and a member of the Associate Board’s Culture and Events sub-committee. Sugar joined the Associate Board in 2017.

He is an alumnus of Summer Search Seattle, where he honed his confidence and skills to thrive in the wilderness of Blue Ridge Mountains (his first Summer Search trip) and awakened a passion to serve communities beyond borders while building cultural bridges at an orphanage in Costa Rica (his second Summer Search trip).

As an immigrant from Mongolia, Sugar is passionate about championing economic mobility and post-secondary access for underserved youths in the Bay Area. He is a Senior Associate at Blue Wood Capital LLC and has a B.A. from Whitman College.

I currently live in San Francisco and work for Cigna...

 

Serina Fang

Professional Title: Senior Client Manager, Cigna Healthcare. Summer Search Alumna

I currently live in San Francisco and work for Cigna Healthcare as a Senior Client Manager.

As a Summer Search alumna originally from Boston, I want to give back to an organization that has made such a huge impact in my life. I first learned about the Summer Search Associate Board at their signature cocktail fundraiser back in 2017 and knew that I wanted to be involved with the Associate Board.

Since then, I have enjoyed leading and serving on their various committees from Culture & Events to Volunteer. I was a first-generation college student, and want to help students who were in my shoes by contributing to the resources that Summer Search offers to ensure that their students succeed in school and their communities regardless of their socio-economic background.

Patrick first learned about Summer Search as a director for...

 

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick first learned about Summer Search as a director for a high school service-learning program in Costa Rica, when Summer Searchers joined the program for two weeks of volunteering and leadership development in the Osa Peninsula. When he moved to San Francisco in 2018, he was excited to connect with Summer Search Bay Area and be able to support the organization directly.

Patrick works for CCS Fundraising, a philanthropic fundraising consulting firm. When not working with clients, he enjoys going on runs through the city and hikes in the Marin Highlands, the Redwoods, and beyond.

Nikos currently works in venture capital at TI Platform. He...

 

Nikos Liodakis

Professional Title: TI Platform

Nikos currently works in venture capital at TI Platform. He spends time evaluating company and fund investments across a variety of sectors such as fintech, proptech, and healthcare. He grew up in Cottonwood Heights Utah before moving to the Bay Area 9 years ago.

He has enjoyed working with Summer Search on the volunteer committee helping support our students in the Summer Search Community. Nikos graduated from Stanford University and holds a BSc in Management Science and Engineering.

Colin is originally from Honolulu, HI but moved to San...

 

Colin Pating

Professional Title: Investment Analyst, Route One Investment Company

Colin is originally from Honolulu, HI but moved to San Francisco in 2017 after college. He currently works as an Investment Analyst at Route One Investment Company. Colin was first introduced to Summer Search through a friend. Upon learning about the profound impact the program has on students’ lives, he immediately knew he had to get involved.

Taylor is a San Francisco native who returned back to...

 

Taylor Welsh

Professional Title: Senior Associate, Golden Gate Capital

Taylor is a San Francisco native who returned back to the bay in 2018 after living in Boston for six years. She currently works as a Senior Associate at Golden Gate Capital. Her passion for helping underserved and motivated students gain access to life-changing experiences and resources is what drove her to get involved with Summer Search.

Matt grew up in the Bay Area and moved back...

 

Matt Tan

Professional Title: Associate, Hall Capital Partners

Matt grew up in the Bay Area and moved back to San Francisco after finishing his undergrad at UCSD. He currently works as an Associate in the portfolio management group at Hall Capital Partners LLC.

Matt was looking for a way to leverage his professional experience to give back to his community when he found the Summer Search Bay Area Associate Board. He is very excited to make an impact on the community that he grew up in. In his free time, Matt enjoys going out to eat, traveling to different countries, and spending time outdoors.

Cedric was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and moved...

 

Cedric Char

Professional Title: Investor, BMW Venture Capital Fund

Cedric was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and moved to California to attend school at Loyola Marymount University. He is currently an investor at BMW’s venture capital fund and lives in San Francisco. Cedric learned about Summer Search and the Associate Board through Rodney Loo, a board member of Summer Search. Outside of work and volunteering, you can typically find Cedric surfing, snowboarding, traveling, or trying new foods.

Ting grew up in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington,...

 

Ting Hu

Professional Title: Director of Finance, Nabis

Ting grew up in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. He attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree and recently received his MBA from The Wharton School. While at Wharton, Ting became involved with Summer Search through the Wharton Nonprofit Board Fellows Program and connected with their mission to improve the lives of underserved students.

As a first-generation immigrant and college student, he is passionate about improving access for other students to succeed. Currently, Ting works as Director of Finance at Nabis, a Y-Combinator-backed startup focused on 3rd party logistics services and software.

My name is Juanita Alvarez-Maldonado. I was born and raised...

 

Juanita Alvarez-Maldonado

My name is Juanita Alvarez-Maldonado. I was born and raised in Watsonville, CA, but made the move for an adventure to the East Coast for college. I attended Wesleyan University where I majored in Pure Mathematics and Hispanic Literature and Cultures. After graduating I began my career at BlackRock where I was introduced to Summer Search by a colleague. I stayed connected with her and with the team until I decided to become a part of it – couldn’t have made a better choice!

Frank is a native of the east coast and moved...

 

Frank DiMartino

Professional Title: Hall Capital Partners

Frank is a native of the east coast and moved to San Francisco in 2018 after graduating from Boston College. While at BC, he helped coordinate an after-school program for students in grades 4-8, and is excited to work with Summer Search to further their mission of educational equity and empowerment.

Frank first became familiar with Summer Search through his firm, Hall Capital Partners, where several of his colleagues are alumni of Summer Search programs or the Associate Board.

In his free time, Frank enjoys watching documentaries with his roommates and biking in the Marin headlands.

Lisa was born in China and moved to Toronto with...

 

Lisa Xiao

Professional Title: Private Equity Associate, TPG Capital

Lisa was born in China and moved to Toronto with her family at the age of 7. As a first-generation immigrant with limited resources growing up, she experienced firsthand the importance of youth development and education opportunities provided by organizations such as Summer Search.

She currently lives in San Francisco and works as a Private Equity Associate at TPG Capital. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, and exploring new restaurants.