District Attorney Summer Stephan has devoted her life to protecting children and families and giving a voice for justice to the voiceless and most vulnerable. She is a national leader in the fight against sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Summer served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego County for 27 years where she combined extensive courtroom experience with over 15 years of management experience. She rose through the ranks to appointments as Chief of the DA’s North County Branch and Chief of the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, a Special Victims Unit she pioneered. In 2012, she was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney. In 2017, she was appointed District Attorney.
District Attorney Stephan leads the second largest DA’s Office in California, manages a professional staff of over 1000 employees, and serves as the People’s Prosecutor for the entire San Diego County and its over 3 Million residents. The DA uses her almost 3 decades of experience to set public safety priorities and to leverage, partner and collaborate with Sheriff, Police, and community to maintain San Diego County as one of the safest urban regions in the United States.