Summer is a specialist in international development, trade, gender, and the coffee value chain, with a passion for cultivating knowledge and action for social and economic good. She is the co-founder of True Roots, a consulting firm specializing in the planning, assessment, and impact measurement of social responsibility initiatives. True Roots provides their support to Rotary Projects and Global Grants, and offers learning tours to connect individuals and organizations with communities and development projects in Latin America. Summer also teaches online for Kansas State University, piloting a new “International Development” course, in addition to “Women and Globalization,” a course focused on gender equity and women’s contribution at various levels of the coffee value chain.
Summer holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s Studies from Kansas State University and completed a Master’s in International Studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. Originally from Manhattan, Kansas, United States, Summer has lived more than half her life abroad and is currently based in Mexico.