Beginning in the Fall of 2013, Summer Smith joined Junior League of Long Beach in order to better know her City and self through volunteerism. Little did she know that she would gain access to so much more.
What was a relatively quick decision to join has truly changed her perspective and direction in career and life. What does it mean to affect change? Seeing the smiles on kids’ faces while sharing the experience of cooking and eating a healthy meal. What does it mean to be a leader? Obtaining engagement from a group of 10 diverse women in a dynamic conversation about purpose, goals, and actions set for the year. These are the things that Summer found to be most fulfilling thus far in her JLLB volunteer career.
A native Southern Californian and coastal dweller, Summer was born and raised in the beach city suburb and former farm town of Ventura, California. After briefly living in Santa Barbara to attend City College, Summer eventually matriculated to California State University, Long Beach in 2002 where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking.
This is when she found her love for the big little City of Long Beach; A City unafraid to wear cultural diversity, localized entrepreneurship, and artistic creativity on its sleeve. It is through her Junior League of Long Beach experience that she has been able to further solidify her love for the people and spaces in and around this great City.
Summer has worked over 5 years in non-profit management and administration serving youth in foster care and probation. She currently works in the public sector for the City of Long Beach as a Legislative Director of Programs/Initiatives for an elected Councilperson. She spends her spare time with her partner-in-life and wife, Erin Bartolome along with their menagerie of animals. They spend time binge watching Netflix, camping, hosting potlucks, and making each other laugh.