- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2001

Spencer picked to head group she helped start

Summer Spencer started her job as the first executive director of the Workforce Organization for Regional Collaboration (WORC) this month.

Mrs. Spencer, 26, helped found the WORC, a group of 175 metropolitan-area organizations involved in job training and placement of the unemployed and underemployed. She is thrilled to head up the organization, which has over 700 agencies and people involved in the WORC, she says.

"I've seen it go from an idea to a concept to a reality, and its exciting to be here," Mrs. Spencer says. "I am ecstatic."

After spending a couple of years with the Community Family Life Services, an emergency support center for ex-offenders and their families, Mrs. Spencer and some of her colleagues decided that an organization was needed for nonprofit networking, she says. They pursued the idea with some other interested nonprofits and came up with the WORC. She was selected by a WORC board after the association determined that it needed a leader.

As the WORC's executive officer, Mrs. Spencer hopes to bring nonprofit training and job-placement groups together so their employees can learn about services available to those facing employment barriers.

The WORC will hold monthly networking meetings for involved nonprofits and Mrs. Spencer also hopes to offer professional development training to members so they can better assist those in need, she says. Within a year, Mrs. Spencer plans to start an online database of information on nonprofit services.

The board that elected Mrs. Spencer was looking for someone with nonprofit experience who could "embrace the vision and promise of this regional association," says Lyles Carr, senior vice president of the McCormick Group. Mr. Carr says he informed the advisory committee on what to look for in a candidate, then absented himself from being on the committee.

"It's hard to conceive that there could be someone better qualified for the position," Mr. Carr says.

Mrs. Spencer also sits on the board of directors of SOC Enterprises, a social service agency serving people with mental and physical disabilities.

Mrs. Spencer graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in accounting and is a certified public accountant. She worked for the public accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP before working for Community Family Life Services.

Mrs. Spencer lives in Arlington with her husband, Christian, and her two dogs.

Katie Dunn


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