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
Supporting Young People
Voices of Summer Search 2018
Deer Hill Summer Experience
CEO, Dr. Mark Spencer
Cecilia has spent the past ten years supporting arts and education organizations committed to elevating the voices, perspectives, and experiences of marginalized and under-represented communities.
Prior to joining Summer Search’s national institutional giving team, she honed her fundraising and storytelling skills at 826 National, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and International Center of Photography. Cecilia also spent two years teaching English as a second language to toddlers, scientists, and everyone in between, in Japan and the Czech Republic. She holds a master’s in nonprofit arts administration from New York University and bachelor’s degrees in English and photography from the University of Florida.
In her free time, you’ll find her exploring Golden Gate Park in San Francisco with her husband and toddler.
Born and raised in East Oakland, CA, daughter to a first-generation Mexican immigrant family, DD has first-hand experience of the challenges and inequities within the education system. Through mentorship and exposure to creating political street art, her passion for education was reignited. DD graduated from Mills College with a degree in Ethnic Studies, focused on Community Organizing & Social Justice.
DD brings a wide range of skills acquired through a diverse background in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors, with ample experience building and streamlining processes in areas such as recruiting, onboarding, employee engagement, and affinity programs. As a self-starter inspired by environmental and social justice, she sees the value of investing in individuals and providing meaningful support to improve the employee experience by lifting up diverse team experiences, creativity, and belonging. DD is dedicated to cultivating a human-centered approach through a race equity lens in all aspects of her Talent work and is enthusiastic about leveraging Summer Search’s Values to strengthen that commitment.
In her free time, you can find DD out and about with family and friends, riding bikes around The Town, or exploring new places with her partner Chris and their dog Ruby.
Ethan believes that confidence building through adventure and mentorship is key to supporting teen development. Ethan also understands the need for deeper equity in Boston, a city with a widening opportunity gap. Before arriving at Summer Search, Ethan worked at Youth Enrichment Services managing adventure programs and volunteers. His work experience also includes student instruction at Thompson Island Outward Bound, case management at Action for Boston Community Development, and coaching at Boston College High School.
Ethan holds a BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Core Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.
Outside of his work, Ethan enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, gardening, and playing speed chess.
Lance Edward Jones has spent his post-secondary career propagating equity in areas of opportunity. Whether tunneled whispers beneath Capitol Hill or shouts amidst the tumult of a Moroccan souk, Lance facilitates conversation and mutual understanding. He believes that unquenchable passion must be met with innovative, insightful action.
Lance enjoys motorcycles, sailing, a rising pulse, and nuance. His Boykin Spaniel, Kobe Bean Jones, pervades both consternation and respite.
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.
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Marisol is a Summer Search Alum who is happy to come back full circle to support High School students! Marisol understands the importance of youth having mentors in their life and to support them in reaching their life goals! Marisol’s background in supporting youth has varied but one thing is certain, she loves supporting youth because they are the future!
Marisol was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and comes from a migrant family and her family has been one of her greatest inspirations in life. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as being a listening ear to anyone in need. Marisol also loves trying new things and having new adventures. She loves animals and owns a dog named Ammo who she loves very much.