Rebecca Summers is the Executive Director of the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation. Rebecca joined the DPEAF as its first Executive Director in 2016. Her position is funded by a generous grant from a local philanthropist.
Executive Director of the DPEA Foundation
Rebecca is an alumna of Dos Pueblos High School and began her career in development in 1993 while teaching high school in New Hampshire. What started as a means to improve education and programming within her small school of 300 students, quickly developed into a passion to improve the quality of education across the state. Soon Rebecca was fundraising for multiple school districts and educational consortiums, writing federal and foundation grants to support after school programs, innovative practices, professional development, alternative education, school reform, and more. In 2007 she moved to Boston where she raised millions for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
She later moved to Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston's premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth. At Bridge, Rebecca broke fundraising records, leading a campaign to build the city’s first youth shelter and bringing in the largest gifts in agency history. Rebecca and Bridge were also awarded the prestigious Bank of America Neighborhood Builder’s Award and the Citizen’s Bank Champions in Action Award.
In 2012 Rebecca returned to Santa Barbara, where she grew up, to take a position as Development Officer for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science from Bennington College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Goddard College.
The funding for the Executive Director position was given by an “Angel Donor” who was impressed by the Carousel of Physics and the significant educational benefits of the Mechatronics senior capstone project. The DPEAF Executive Director focuses on securing sustaining funds for the DPEA and establishing new partnerships with local and national entities interested in transforming education.