Sommer Yesenofski is an Account Executive at RALLY, advancing environmental justice and public health policy through social media management, media relations, and campaign development.
At RALLY, Sommer conducts legislative research and directs social media for the 11th Hour Project, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation, dedicated to promoting the responsible use of California’s energy. On behalf of the foundation, Sommer works on message development to improve public understanding of oil extraction in California and empower local communities to become catalysts for sustainable change.
She also works with The California Endowment, helping the Foundation promote health equity and access through effective communication strategies. Traveling up and down California, Sommer crafts and presents training workshops designed to help the Foundation’s grantees build their organization’s communications skills and increase their ability to effect meaningful policy changes for their communities.
Previously at RALLY, she worked closely with Common Sense Media on digital strategy to build a community of parent advocates, promoting responsible media consumption for children. Prior to becoming an Account Associate, Sommer worked with the RALLY team as an intern before continuing as a Summer Fellow.
She also worked as a policy intern with Music for Relief, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing aid to natural disaster survivors and working with the United Nations to encourage global action on climate change. At Music for Relief, Sommer led web development, directed community relations and developed fundraising strategy.
Sommer is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in French. As a Trojan, she worked as a barista and graphic designer at a student-run coffee shop, managed a lecture series and events for students and faculty, and wrote for the The Daily Trojan.
A native of Southern California, Sommer spends as much time in the ocean as possible, in between hiking, rock climbing, eating tacos and exploring bookstores around Los Angeles.