ABOUT SUMMER SEARCH

Summer Search is a 7-year mentorship program for promising students facing unjust obstacles. Students join the program in their Sophomore year of High School and are supported through College or other Post-Secondary pursuits. 


We provide comprehensive support through one on one mentorship from trained staff, peer-led group mentorship , career development, goal setting, and adventurous summer experiences.

CONTACT SUMMER SEARCH

  • T 415.362.5225
  • F 415.362.5274
  • info@summersearch.org
  • 101 Howard, SF, CA 94105

OUR VIDEOS

Supporting Young People

Voices of Summer Search 2018

Deer Hill Summer Experience

CEO, Dr. Mark Spencer

Our Team

Jada Watson

National Data Systems Associate

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Jada passionately believes that all students regardless of...

Bryan Smith

Bryan works as Managing Director/Head of Office of the BlackRock...

ALISA VITELLO

Alisa has a background in technology sales and product management but...

Nicci Trovinger

Nicci’s calling is to help people and organizations achieve more....

Jada Watson

Jada Watson

Position: National Data Systems Associate

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Jada passionately believes that all students regardless of their demographic or socio-economic background should have access to the tools and opportunities needed to succeed. Interested in building on this passion Jada was drawn to Summer Search. Prior to joining the organization, she worked at several non-profits. One of those nonprofits was City Year, in which she mentored, tutored, and ran an after- school program for elementary school students during the year-long program.

Jada graduated from Penn State University (We Are!) where she earned her BA in Political Science and History with a minor in Spanish. She is a lifelong New England Patriots fan, who loves rock climbing, MTV reality shows, and exploring the multifarious neighborhoods of New York City where she calls home.

JANEMARIE EICHHORN

Professional Title: Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

SAMIR ARORA

Professional Title: Co-Chief Investment Officer at Stonehill Capital Management

HILARY LINDEMANN

Professional Title: Principal at General Atlantic

JEFF TESCHKE

Professional Title: Partner, Prospect Hill Growth Partners

HAREN NAYAGAN

Professional Title: Senior Vice President, Bank of America

TANYA FREEMAN-WISDOM

Professional Title: Headmaster, John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science

Bryan Smith

Professional Title: Managing Director and Head of Office, BlackRock (Seattle Office)

Bryan works as Managing Director/Head of Office of the BlackRock Seattle office. Bryan is a 4th generation Seattleite with a close family who have ties to Ballard. He and Christy currently have a Redmond address but basically live in Carnation. He enjoys running, travel/skiing in the off seasons, and reading. Bryan and Christy have three daughters – 17, 14, and 11.

Inducted – Term End: Oct 2021 – Sept 2024

ALISA VITELLO

Professional Title: Community Volunteer

Alisa has a background in technology sales and product management but has stepped away to focus on family, primarily her daughter who has a genetic disorder and is a regular patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Alisa’s other passions are her co-ed soccer team and fundraising for Summer Search or Seattle Children’s through her nonprofit, I Can And I Will Guild. Alisa grew up in Yakima, WA. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the UW. She and her husband, Josh, have two kids, Olivia (9) and Oscar (6).

Inducted – Term End: May 2017 – Sept 2023

Nicci Trovinger

Professional Title: Director of Product Marketing, Windows, Microsoft

Nicci’s calling is to help people and organizations achieve more. A Director of Product Marketing at Microsoft by day and founder of TROVI design by night, Nicci has helped individuals, teams, and some of the world’s most iconic brands find their purpose, build the plans they need to succeed and create a culture where everyone can thrive. Nicci is a graduate of Arizona State University (B.S. Marketing, Dance) and Indiana University (M.B.A. Marketing) and has spent her career seeking a variety of roles and industries to fuel her passion for learning new things at some of the world’s biggest companies, including Nestle, General Mills, Amazon, and Microsoft. She loves mentoring and giving back locally to her community by serving as a volunteer through Big Brother Big Sister, helping the next generation of women have the confidence to pursue roles in tech as a volunteer mentor for Built By Girls, and helping entrepreneurs develop their business ideas and acumen as a mentor through Seed Spot and YLAI. Nicci lives in Issaquah with her grad-school sweetheart, Bill, their rambunxious toddler Tucker, and cute, but grumpy Havanese, Ollie.

Inducted – Term End: Sept 2021 – Sept 2024