Marc Spencer

CEO, Summer Search

Dr. Marc Spencer has devoted his 30+ year career to organizations that promote educational and economic opportunities to young people and communities. Marc’s leadership is defined by a commitment to social justice and equity, paired with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive. In 2017, Marc became CEO and Board President of Summer Search, a $23MM youth development organization that has sites in five U.S. cities and serves 3700 students in pursuit of achieving higher education and career aspirations. Prior to Summer Search, Marc served for a decade as CEO of Juma Ventures, a nonprofit social enterprise that strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for under-resourced youth. He is credited with scaling Juma to nine U.S. cities and building 20+ businesses that created 1000s of jobs. In 2019, Marc merged Recharge, a social networking group of Black Professionals, with the Coalition of Black Excellence and became co-CEO on a voluntary basis.

Marc’s achievements include fundraising over $100MM for charities, 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 a national matched college savings platform for low-income, first generation students, and the creation of a national manufacturing internship program. He has been an adviser at the Aspen Institute and served on numerous boards such as the National Youth Employment Coalition, Social Enterprise Alliance, City of San Francisco Youth Council, Oakland Workforce Investment Board, the Museum of the African Diaspora, Evergreen and Rush Creek Lodge, Culture Shifts Labs, the Commonwealth Club and others. He holds an EdD and an MA in Education from University of San Francisco and a BA in Anthropology from UCLA. Marc’s love of learning inspired him to complete executive certificates in nonprofit business management from Harvard and Stanford.

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