Staff Biographies

lex sant portraitLex Sant- President

Lex Sant is president of The Summit Foundation since 2018 and has been a trustee since 1991. In addition, he has been president of the Sant Foundation since its inception in 2015 and a director since 2016.

Prior to starting the Sant Foundation, he was co-founder and managing director of Persimmon Tree Capital, a private investment fund focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency investments, founded in 2008.

Mr. Sant also worked for five years at the AES Corporation, a leading global power company with electrical generation and distribution businesses in more than 20 countries. At AES, Mr. Sant was most recently a director in the Alternative Energy group, for which he was responsible for the origination and execution of transactions related to biofuels, wind, and other forms of renewable energy. Prior to that position, Mr. Sant had responsibility for large-scale mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy.

Before joining AES, Mr. Sant worked in public relations from 1994 to 2000 for the Carolina Panthers, a franchise of the National Football League.

In addition, he is a member of the national board of directors for the Trust for Public Land, trustee of the Maret School in Washington, DC and member of The Encourage Capital Board.

He is past chairman of Island Press, a leading publisher of books on the environment and, until 2014, served on the executive committee of the board of trustees for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Mr. Sant holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College.