Summer Willow Fitch is a transformational leader with over 20 years of experience delivering measurable results in program and process management initiatives for diverse groups. Summer holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Organizational Management from West Chester University, and an MBA in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from Eastern University. Summer developed a passion for entrepreneurship at an early age. When she was 9 years old, she started a cleaning business and by age 25 she created a traveling bartending service called In Good Spirits. The process of creating, implementing, and operating these business ventures lit a fire under Summer that propelled her to begin mentoring emerging entrepreneurs in her network from ideation to operation and sustainability.
Summer’s interest in entrepreneurship and business development was a value add and common thread throughout her career. She catapulted from undergrad to the automotive finance world and as she climbed the ranks in companies like Daimler Chrysler and Wells Fargo, she immersed herself in every aspect of the business. She took her client relationship, vendor, and process management skills from automotive finance to the nonprofit sector and managed over $30M in grant funds for the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (now, Philadelphia Works). In this space, she strengthened her business development acumen and built capacity for grantees through compliance and training measures to maximize awards.
Summer’s work as Deputy Policy Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, bolstered her knowledge of equity and inclusion. She was instrumental in building infrastructure for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone; one of the first five zones designated by the Obama Administration in 2014 to improve affordable housing, economic opportunities, quality education, health and wellness, and public safety. Summer now holds multiple certifications in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and is skilled in facilitating learning experiences through curriculum design and classroom instruction.
Summer climbed the ranks galvanizing individuals, businesses, and communities into action. She has an uncanny grasp of the tools needed to activate maximum results for her clients. With a zeal for serving underrepresented populations, Summer has also pledged her time and resources as Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Black Women Give Foundation whose mission is to engage African American women and girls in philanthropy by joining a growing trend in women’s collective giving.
Summer Willow is a dedicated member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., obsessed with animals, traveling, and music.