Sustainable Summer’s leadership team is comprised of highly experienced individuals from the education, non-profit, business, and academic sectors. Day to day management of Sustainable Summer is overseen by Executive Director and Founder Jeff Sharpe in consultation with our Board of Directors and advisors. Sustainable Learning Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in the state of New York for the purpose of facilitating experiential and theoretical learning on the subject of environmental sustainability. Under the name Sustainable Summer, we operate environmental leadership pre-college and study abroad programs for high school students.
Board of Directors
Jeff Sharpe | Co-Founder & Executive Director
Jeff brings extensive experience operating experiential education programs to Sustainable Summer. He is a former partner and director of Career Explorations, a summer internship program for high school students, and Vertex Academic Services, an educational consulting company. Jeff subsequently served as Executive Director for Discovery Internships before leaving to found Sustainable Learning (Sustainable Summer’s 501(c)(3) parent organization). Jeff began his professional career as a program director with Kaplan, Inc. and has been working with young people for over a decade as a tutor, mentor, and coach, including several seasons as a youth wilderness guide and facilitator. Jeff has a BA from Bucknell University and an MA from Dartmouth College, where his thesis research focused on globalization’s impact on water resource management in developing countries using Ecuador as a case study. Jeff is a former Division I swimmer and an avid skier and whitewater kayaker. He enjoys adventure travel, playing guitar, following the latest news in politics, and river conservation advocacy. Jeff is the Executive Director and a Board Member of Sustainable Learning Inc.
Anne Fenton | Co-Founder & Board President
Anne has served as a teacher, mentor and travel group leader for high school students for more than ten years. She graduated from Wesleyan University with high honors from the interdisciplinary program College of Letters, and earned her MA in Classics from St. John’s College. For eight years, she directed a cultural immersion program for high school students in Nice, France for Summerfuel, a pioneer in the education travel industry, and managed the company’s study abroad offerings during the academic year. She is currently the Director of Operations at Berkeley Carroll, an independent school in Brooklyn. Anne has traveled abroad extensively, and has studied organic agriculture in both North and South America. In her free time, Anne enjoys reading and writing about food justice, cooking, white-water rafting, biking and bocce. Anne serves as Board President for Sustainable Learning Inc.
Professor Conklin is a cultural and medical anthropologist at Vanderbilt University specializing in the ethnography of indigenous peoples of lowland South America (Amazonia). Her research focuses on the anthropology of the body, religion and ritual, health and healing, death and mourning, the politics of indigenous rights, and ecology, environmentalism, and cultural and religious responses to climate change. She teaches courses on anthropological theory, medicine and healing, indigenous peoples, and environmental issues.
Carley is currently a graduate students in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. She formerly worked in development at the Berkeley Carroll School and in various other operational roles in post-secondary education.
Allison Glasmann | Board Secretary
Allison holds a B.A. in English and French from Bowdoin College and completed her Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Allison served in the Peace Corps in West Africa and has considerable experience directing study abroad programs for high school students. Most recently, she has worked on a research project in Malawi, Southeast Africa with Save the Children.
Kelly is a passionate, results-oriented leader in the food sustainability sector who finds her work most fulfilling when building partnerships, facilitating community engagement, and connecting stakeholders to execute a vision. She is an experienced business executive who believes in the power of bringing together people of diverse perspectives and backgrounds to create and sustain positive change in our local & global communities. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the board co-chair of Slow Food NYC.
Katherine is a corporate attorney at eBay with experience serving on the board of directors or as pro bono counsel for various educational non-profit organizations. Katherine formerly practiced law at at Davis Polk & Wardwell, and holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and J.D./LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law. She has studied and worked in Europe and East Asia and loves rock climbing. She is also currently on the board of Zomppa.