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Peter Retzlaff

Peter Retzlaff

New York City Executive Director

Pronouns: He/Him/His Following a number of years running his own...

 
Peter Retzlaff

Peter Retzlaff

Position: New York City Executive Director
Email: pretzlaff@summersearch.org

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Following a number of years running his own business, Peter began his journey in the nonprofit sector after deciding he wanted to do work with a more permanent impact on the world around him. Now, more than a decade into his career in youth development, Peter is motivated by the trajectory shift that can occur in a young person’s life as a result of intentional, high quality programming. The belief that the most profound impact of this work is that the benefits will continue to reveal themselves over years, lifetimes and even generations of families is a critical driver to what we get to do in this field.

Prior to Summer Search Peter led Community for Youth, a life-skills and mentoring program in Seattle where he lived for many years. In Seattle Peter also did extensive work with Youth Development Executives of King County, The Weikert Center’s Youth Program Quality Assessment tool, and Washington State Mentors Quality Mentoring Assessment Pathway Taskforce all of which worked to elevate the impact of mentoring young people. That work, seeing the incredible results that uncommonly intentional and professionalized mentoring yield, elevated the type of program that he wanted to work with. A move back home to the east coast brought him eagerly to Summer Search NYC.

Peter’s commitment to social justice extends beyond the workplace to a number of Boards and other volunteer opportunities including Fremont Community Therapy Project, Providence Hospitality House and work in King County Jail and Monroe State Prison. Now in NJ/NY after more than 20 years out west, Peter is looking forward to getting re-engaged in the local community. And in the days between there is always more live music to check out, more books to read, and more movies to see.

Graves Tompkins

NYC Board Chair

 

Graves Tompkins

Position: NYC Board Chair
Professional Title: Managing Director and Head of Capital Partnering, General Atlantic
Gisel Endara

Gisel Endara

Regional Operations Manager

Pronouns: They/Them. Gisel comes to Summer Search with a deep...

 
Gisel Endara

Gisel Endara

Position: Regional Operations Manager

Pronouns: They/Them.

Gisel comes to Summer Search with a deep passion for intersectional justice. As a first-generation migrant born in Ecuador, they understand first-hand the effects of environmental racism on low-income brown and black communities. They have facilitated youth-based workshops with Theatre of the Oppressed & Centro Corona and hold a BFA from the School of Visual Arts here in NYC where they studied Visual and Critical Studies.

When Gisel is not working at Summer Search, they are organizing in their community and cooking up new foods!

Trish Borrell- Kutnyak

Post Secondary Manager

pronouns: she/her/hers

 

Trish Borrell- Kutnyak

Position: Post Secondary Manager

pronouns: she/her/hers