Sommer is Founder of The Mixtape Museum (MXM), an archive project dedicated to advancing public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, and technique of the mixtape.
The project explores how mixtapes changed the landscape of music, encourages protection of DJ-produced mixtapes in danger of deterioration, and seeks to achieve systematic preservation in the DJ community.
In April 2016, she organized the first Hip-Hop Hacks, hackathon for students to explore technology’s role in hip-hop and how the most popular genre in the world inspires technological innovation.
She is a Charter Member of the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection and is a member of hip-hop theater company Rhymes Over Beats. She sits on the Board of Directors of Minds Behind the Music and on the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame’s Artifacts, Exhibits, and Preservation Committee.
She works at the American Council of Learned Societies in Web & Information Systems, where she manages the website, database, social media, and fellows’ publications.