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Summer Lewis

Lewis, Summer
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Office: 785-532-5961
Home University:

Kansas State University
Kansas State University 302 Seaton Hall
920 N 17th St
Manhattan, KS 66506


Summer Lewis is an international development consultant and educator, with more than 15 years of academic and professional experience in peacebuilding and economic and community development, with expertise in coffee, fair trade, and sustainable supply chains.

Summer is the Co-founder and Director of True Roots International, a nonprofit consulting organization dedicated to raising the profile of small-scale development and humanitarian initiatives, providing practical guidance, tools, and training to better plan, implement, and measure project impact. True Roots International’s work has focused on peacebuilding and economic development efforts in Latin America, including research, monitoring and evaluation, and training for organizations in both the USA and Latin America, such as the Rotary Foundation, Nestle, the Coffee Quality Institute, Fundación Merced, and local community development organizations.

At present, Summer works with Rotary International, the world's largest volunteer service organization, managing their strategic partnership with the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), a think tank dedicated to researching the intersection between peace and economic development. As Partnership Coordinator, Summer oversees the creation and communication of IEP's Positive Peace educational tools to 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide and thousands of Rotary affiliates. She also coordinates peacebuilding trainings for peacebuilders in the US and Canada, Latin America, and Europe.

Summer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s Studies from KSU and completed a Master in International Studies: Peace and Conflict Resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Originally from Manhattan, Kansas, United States, Summer has spent more than half her life abroad—working, living, and traveling across 38 countries and 6 continents. She currently resides in Oaxaca, Mexico.



M.I.S. in International Studies with specialization in Peace and Conflict Resolution, University of Queensland, Australia, 2012
B.A. in Sociology, Kansas State University, 2005
B.A. in Modern Languages with specialization in Spanish, Kansas State University, 2005
B.A. in Women's Studies, Kansas State University, 2005