About The Summit Foundation
Established in 1991, The Summit Foundation, a private family foundation, is committed to a world where people can thrive and nature can flourish – a world in which one is not sacrificed for the other. We seek to promote the health and well-being of the planet – its people and its natural environment – by achieving gender equality, protecting the earth’s biodiversity and making cities livable. Grant-making is directed toward three program priorities:
- Equality for Women and Girls, which seeks to achieve gender equality for marginalized women and girls by transforming their social, reproductive and economic lives;
- Conserving the Mesoamerican Reef, with the long term goal of ensuring that the Mesoamerican Reef thrives as a healthy, productive ecosystem capable of supporting vibrant economies and providing abundant marine resources for generations to come; and
- Sustainable Cities, which seeks to radically increase the pace and impact of current efforts to improve the sustainability of cities to achieve a world where people can thrive and nature can flourish.
Our Core Values
Since 1991, The Summit Foundation has supported organizations working to improve our world and the quality of life for its inhabitants. Underlying this commitment to global sustainability are three core values that reflect our founders’ philosophy:
Shifting the Context. Achieving a sustainable and healthy future for the generations to come will entail profound changes in our perspective and thinking. We believe that shifting the context in which problems are viewed can reveal innovative solutions.
Achieving Results. We are committed to having an impact that is significant and enduring. We seek results that go beyond stopgap measures and that delve into the systemic sources of problems and achieve deeply rooted change.
Investing in People. We invest in the creative, entrepreneurial spirit of people, and we count on their goodness and wisdom to triumph. We believe that people are capable of extraordinary accomplishments when they have the right tools to achieve their goals and are fully empowered to give their best to the world.
Trustees and Staff
Board of Trustees
- Roger W. Sant, Co-Chair
- Victoria P. Sant, Co-Chair and President Emerita
- Lex Sant, President
- President, Sant Foundation
- Shari Sant Plummer, Secretary
- President, Code Blue Foundation
- Kathryn S. Fuller, Trustee
- Vice Chair, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
- Chrissie Sant, Trustee
- Parent-Child Teacher, The Washington Waldorf School
- John Sant, Trustee
- Michael Sant, Trustee
- President, Sant Architects, Inc.
- Ali Sant-Johnson, Trustee
- Founder and Partner, Studio for Urban Projects
- Shira Saperstein, Trustee
- Independent Consultant, Shira Consults
- Kathy Hall
- Director, Equality for Women and Girls
- Cheri Recchia
- Director, Mesoamerican Reef
- Darryl Young
- Director, Sustainable Cities
- Jamie Amagai
- Director, Grants Management
- Claudia Carranza
- Office Manager
- Diane Crockett
- Chief Financial Officer
- Wren Patton
- Program Assistant, Sustainable Cities
- Pavla Teie
- Executive Assistant to the Co-Chair and President Emerita
- Mila Whiteley
- Program Assistant, Equality for Women and Girls
In seeking the greatest impact possible with our available resources, The Summit Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, requests, or letters of inquiry. Grant application guidelines are available only for invited organizations.
The Summit Foundation seeks a full-time Mesoamerican Program Associate to be an integral member of the Foundation’s small and collegial staff.
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