Sommer got her passion for public policy, advocacy and her work ethic from her family. As a child, Sommer would spend every Sunday afternoon, after church listening to her Godfather, Parents, Uncle and Grandfather talk about the news of the day. Since she came from a politically active family, those weren’t abstract conversations, they were about how actual laws and policies impacted real people
Her godfather, the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin L Hooks, was the Executive Director of the NAACP, her father studied political science and worked as a program manager at IBM; her mom worked for the Farmington Hills Police Department in the records department; her uncle was a community organizer that worked to build bridges between marginalized communities, corporations, and government leaders; and her grandfather was the grandson of a sharecropper, that had an 8th grade education, yet owned several successful businesses and served as Chairman of the Trustee Board at their church.
She grew up learning about justice, courage, and the power of engaged citizens, using their voices to better their communities.That foundation is why she’s had a career committed to equity, advocacy and public service.
When she became the first African American and the first woman of color elected to the Canton Township board in 2016, she brought with her a wealth of knowledge, relationships and experience.
Before her election in 2016
In 2014, she collaborated with several friends to work to build a more inclusive Plymouth-Canton Community. They founded the Beloved Community Plymouth Canton, which works to engage and facilitate conversations on issues of racial equity and racial reconciliation. They have also sponsored a scholarship contest in partnership with the Plymouth Canton School District. Since 2015, she has been the Chair of that organization.
She has worked for the United States House of Representatives, State Representative Dian Slavens, and Obama for America. She currently works for a non-profit where she works with and gives grants to organizations that engage in electoral and civic education work, mostly in marginalized communities. During the 2018, election cycle, she managed $1.8 million of grants to 8 community organizations.
No matter what job she has, it has ALWAYS been her mission to connect people to power to affect policy.
On the Board of Trustees, Sommer is the Board Representative on the Roads Task Force and the Roads Advisory Committee and helped craft and educate community members on the 20-year Roads Improvement Plan. She serves on the Culture Arts and Heritage Commission. She worked with Supervisor Williams and Trustee Sneideman to overhaul appointments to Board and Commissions, to make them more accessible to community members. She wrote a Welcoming Resolution to affirm that Canton is welcoming to all people, including immigrants. She has been a vocal advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community, by working with the Inclusion Task Force and Creating a "June is Pride Month" resolution. She's governed with a results-oriented approach and worked hard to build consensus on a bi-partisan basis on items such as expanding recycling and building a pedestrian bridge in Cherry Hill Village.
She is a 2016, Emerge Fellow, a member of the NAACP Leadership 500, Center for Progressive Leadership, was the President of the Canton Democratic Club, a Former Vice Chair to the 11th District Democrats and was elected as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In 2019, she was named a “Woman of Achievement” by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Sommer studied Political Science at Eastern Michigan University and spends her free time, with the most important person in her life, her son William.