Founding Executive Director
Abbie Ridenour is the Founding Executive Director of Summit Tamalpais located in Richmond, CA. Abbie’s passion for education reform began while in undergrad at UCLA as she researched the benefits of diversity in schools and worked directly with students and families who desired change in their educational experience. She started her teaching career in East Los Angeles, teaching history in both large comprehensive and small charter high school settings in LAUSD. She joined Summit in 2010 to help launch Everest Public High School, Summit’s second high school in Redwood City, CA. She has since served over seven years at Summit both as a history teacher and in school leadership at Everest, Shasta, and Tam. One of her proudest moments at Summit was watching her mentor group walk across the stage at graduation after working alongside them over their four-year journey at Summit and ensuring that 100% of their graduating class was accepted to a four-year college. She loves working at Summit because she shares our commitment to creating empowering, inclusive school communities that provide college access to all students. Abbie holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Education from UCLA.