Summer Stephan is a career prosecutor who has served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego County for more than 26 years, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of the DA’s North County Branch and Chief of the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division. In 2012, she was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney.
As a trial prosecutor, Summer tried more than 100 jury trials, including special circumstance homicides, sexually-violent predators, child molestation, sexual assault, child abuse, school shooting, and human trafficking-related cases.
Summer holds leadership positions in public safety on the national state and local level. She serves as Chair of the County of San Diego Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council, and section Chair for the Human Trafficking Subcommittee of the National District Attorney’s Association Women Prosecutors Committee. She also serves as Co-Chair of the California District Attorneys Association Human Trafficking Committee.
Summer spearheaded the innovative “Know the Price” campaign which focused on reducing sexual assaults of college students. She also lead the award winning The Ugly Truth Human Trafficking Campaign- The She also chairs the Task Force on Threats of Targeted Violence to our schools and community. Summer was selected as one of only two prosecutors in California to serve on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Task Force for High-Risk Sex Offenders and Sexually-Violent Predators.
Summer is the recipient of numerous local, state and federal awards, including an FBI commendation for organized crime prosecution. She received The Outstanding Achievement award for special circumstance homicide prosecution involving the murder of an elderly woman, and Chuck Nickel Awards for professional excellence and statewide impact in public safety by the San Diego County Deputy District Attorneys Association. She is the recipient of the Prosecutor’s Award from San Diego Police Department’s homicide team. Summer was recently named Angel of Anti-Human Trafficking by the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition. She was also named “Modern Day Abolitionist” by 3Strands Global. Summer is the recipient of a 2014 commendation by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer as Commission Partner for creating positive change in the community.
Chief Deputy DA Summer Stephan is an instructor and trainer locally and across the state and nation on trial practice, mental issues in criminal justice, sex crimes and human trafficking. She is an instructor on leadership, including the National District Attorneys Association Executive Management Course: “How to go from Boss to Leader”. She has testified as an expert witness on public safety issues in the California State Legislature.
Summer received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She completed the “Driving Government Performance” Executive Education Course at the Harvard, Kennedy School of Government.