Announcing Summer Search’s New CEO

The following is a message from Jim Milligan, Summer Search’s National Board Chair.


As we recognize our boundless gratitude for Amy Saxton, Summer Search’s outgoing CEO, I am pleased to share the news that Dr. Marc Spencer will join Summer Search as CEO. Marc will build upon the excellent leadership that Amy brought to Summer Search over the past six years.

Marc SpencerDr. Marc Spencer, Summer Search’s incoming CEO.

Marc has devoted his 25-year career to organizations that promote educational and economic opportunities to young people and communities. For the past decade, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Juma Ventures, a national organization that strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for youth. Under Marc’s leadership, the organization scaled nationwide, significantly growing its social enterprise portfolio, fund development, and programmatic impact. He is particularly adept at leading organizations through growth and change.

Marc’s leadership is defined by a commitment to social justice and equity, paired with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive. His achievements include the development of a San Francisco African American independent school, the design and directorship of the nation’s first Upward Bound Visual and Performing Arts program, the creation of CollegeSet.org, a national matched college savings platform for students, and the creation of YouthMade, a manufacturing internship program. He has been an adviser for the Aspen Institute and served on the boards of the National Youth Employment Coalition, Social Enterprise Alliance, Evergreen Lodge, City of San Francisco Youth Council, Oakland Workforce Investment, and the Museum of the African Diaspora. He holds a Ed.D and an MA in Education from USF, and a BA in Anthropology from UCLA.

Marc is eager to get started at Summer Search. In his words, “This is an incredible opportunity for me to join Summer Search as CEO. Summer Search has consistently produced impressive results. Its mentoring model is effective, so this is an opportunity to think strategically about sustainable scale. I look forward to charting the path to lead Summer Search into its next phase of growth and impact.”

Marc will officially join on October 30, 2017. We very much look forward to welcoming Marc to Summer Search!

– Jim Milligan
National Board Chair, Summer Search

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